What to Know
- Coral Springs and Parkland are asking residents not to set off fireworks out of respect for those affected from the MSD school shooting.
- Coral Springs is holding a pre-planned fireworks event starting at 9 p.m. inside Mullins Park and has set up a text alert system.
As plenty of people across South Florida prepare to celebrate Independence Day, two Broward County cities are asking residents not to set off fireworks out of respect for those affected from the school shooting tragedy earlier this year.
The Coral Springs Police Department and the city of Parkland posted messages on social media this week encouraging residents to think about those who survived the deadly scene inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in nearby Parkland, where 17 people were killed on February 14th.
"The violence they experienced is something many families in our community are still working through," the police department's message said in part. "Triggers – like loud bangs from fireworks – can bring back a flood of memories from an act of violence we all would like to forget."
Coral Springs is holding a pre-planned fireworks event starting at 9 p.m. inside Mullins Park and has set up a text alert system that will send messages to those with PTSD and other noise related disorders alerting them in advance of the display’s start so they can prepare.
Residents can sign up by texting CSFIREWORKS to 888-777 for notifications.