Fireworks Extravaganza Will Go On As Planned

A warning if you're planning to shoot off fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July; every year, thousands of people end up in emergency rooms getting treated for fireworks injuries.

About 45-percent of people hurt in fireworks accidents are children younger than 14. Kids ages five to nine have the highest injury rate for fireworks-related injuries.

Most of these accidents happen at home. Other common places for fireworks accidents are recreational settings, streets, highways, and parking lots. Be sure to use caution around any type of fireworks.

There are public firework displays in both Nacogdoches and Lufkin on July 4th. In Nacogdoches, the Brookshire Brother's Freedom Fest happens on the square from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be food, activities for kids, live entertainment, and fireworks.

In Lufkin, there will be activities at the zoo from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with fireworks following. Free shuttles are available at the high school. Love and Wills law firm is sponsoring the event.

This will be the first time Lufkin will have a July 4th fireworks display in four years. With more rain headed our way, Tuesday's turnout may not be as big as organizers are expecting, but there are no plans to cancel the holiday display at Ellen Trout Zoo.

The show will go on Tuesday rain or shine. The $20,000 extravaganza is free for the public. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to watch the event comfortably.