What you need to know about fireworks

Fireworks are a big part of many holiday celebrations, but they also can be dangerous. Here are five things to know to have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

1 Follow local rulesfireworks

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.

2 Find out if you need a permit

You need a permit from the local fire department if you’re having a fireworks show for a group of 50 or more people.

3 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 or Fire.Marshal@tdi.texas.gov.

4 When are fireworks legal?

Fireworks can be sold only certain times of the year, typically during a week or so leading up to a major holiday. Besides Fourth of July and New Year’s, Texas counties have the choice of also including Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and Memorial Day.

You can use fireworks any day of the year as long as they are not banned in the area you live.

5 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.

 

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Last updated: 08/02/2017

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