HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Early July is the one time of year in the Rocket City where "Blast Off" doesn't have a thing to do with rockets.
It's firework season, and it feels like it would take some serious firepower to make it any hotter than it already is.
But the truth is, one ill-fated sparkler could set things off with the dry grass and heat.
Huntsville Police Sargent Joe Jenkins says, "We want everybody to have a good time. It is very dry out there. If people are shooting fireworks where they're not supposed to be illegally, there's a great chance of starting a fire, and we don't want to see that happen to anybody."
Besides, the law is pretty clear in Huntsville.
Sgt. Jenkins points out, "The city has an ordinance against fireworks. It's illegal to possess and shoot fireworks in the city."
And if you can't live without the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air - you've got legal options.
Sgt. Jenkins says, "We want everybody to enjoy the fireworks. There are fireworks at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center this year. There will also be fireworks at Joe Davis Stadium after the baseball game, and we encourage everyone to go out to those and enjoy the 4th of July, so that they don't get involved in any problems."