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- For Immediate Release:
- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- July 3, 2019
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4th of July Celebrations
Sheriff Chad Chronister issues warning for 4th of July celebrations
- July 3, 2019
- Time: 3:24 PM
- Hillsborough County
- Tampa, FL
Ahead of Independence Day, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is urging residents to be safe during their holiday celebrations through public service announcements (PSA) in English and Spanish posted to social media.
In the videos, Sheriff Chronister reminds residents that celebratory gunfire is illegal, and he urges them to "keep our skies bullet free" on July 4."There are a lot of ways to celebrate the holiday, but shooting into the air for fun should not be one of them," said Sheriff Chronister. "Celebratory gunfire is not only extremely dangerous, it's against the law."
The Sheriff issued the same warning in Spanish through a PSA posted to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Spanish Facebook page called "Alguacil del Condado Hillsborough."
Residence are advised to call 911 if they see or hear gunfire or anything suspicious during the holiday weekend.
In an effort to promote fireworks safety, Sheriff Chronister also released a PSA sharing tips on safe ways to light and operate fireworks. He asks residents to read and follow all of the directions on fireworks, never re-ignite a "dud," and avoid pointing or throwing fireworks at another person.
"Whether its fireworks or sparklers, these items are not toys, so children need to be supervised," said Sheriff Chronister.
The PSAs are posted to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The videos can also be viewed and download from the HCSO Sheriff YouTube page.