Fireworks stands have begun springing up around Acadiana in preparation for the Fourth of July next week. But if you're going to be popping fireworks in celebration of our nation's independence, you should know your local fireworks laws.

In Lafayette Parish, the possession, use, handling, sales or the ignition of any fireworks within a city's limits is strictly prohibited.

Fireworks sales are allowed in the unincorporated areas of the parish only during designated times, June 25 through 10 pm on July 5. Fireworks may be used, set off and shot in the unincorporated areas from 8 am to 10 pm during this 11-day period and until 1 am on July 5.

The possession, handling and purchasing of fireworks is prohibited for minors under the age of 18.

Local authorities want to pass along some tips for safe Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • Adults are responsible for all firework activities; children should never handle fireworks.
  • Safety glasses should be worn when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in pockets or shoot them from glass or metal containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.