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June 27, 2019

What you need to know about fireworks

More than 9,000 people went to emergency rooms with fireworks injuries last year and five died, including a Texas man. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these tips to have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

Follow local rules

Some areas allow only certain types of fireworks, and most areas don’t allow fireworks within city limits or during burn bans. Follow the local law and contact your local fire officials if you have questions.

Find out if you need a permit

You need a permit from the local fire department for a fireworks show for a group of 50 or more people, even if you’re using retail-grade fireworks.

Be safe!

  • Children should not use fireworks. Make sure an adult is always watching.
  • Remember: Alcohol and fireworks are a bad mix.
  • Follow the instructions on the firework.
  • Avoid shooting fireworks near dry grass, brush, or other materials that can easily catch on fire.
  • Never aim fireworks where they could land on a house or hit a person.
  • Have a bucket of water, garden hose, or other water source ready for emergencies.

Hire licensed professionals

If you hire someone to put on a display for your group, make sure they have a Texas pyrotechnic operator’s license. To find out if someone has a Texas license, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-578-4677.

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Last updated: 7/3/2019