New Year Celebration
New Years is a special time where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of the a new chapter. Common traditions include attending holiday parties, eating special foods and making New Year’s resolutions. The most common way of celebrating is partaking in the use of fireworks. Although fireworks are fun and create aesthetically beautiful figures, it is important to keep in mind that they are dangerous objects. They must always be handled with extra caution. Also, it is important to note that the regulations on the sale and use of fireworks vary by state and county. Texas has lenient firework laws, however Bexar County and San Antonio have their own regulations.
San Antonio Laws
The purchase, use and or transport of fireworks is illegal within the San Antonio City limits. You can be fined up to $2,000.00 and receive a Class C misdemeanor if found in possession, use or sale of fireworks.
Bexar County Laws
In Bexar County, a person may not ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, hospitals, asylum, licensed child care center, public or private primary or secondary school, or an institution of higher education. An individual may not sell or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or gases are stored and/or dispensed. It is prohibited to ignite or discharge a firework in, from, or at a motor vehicle. Only a licensed pyrotechnic may conduct a public firework display that includes 1.3 G Fireworks. A person may not manufacture, sell, distribute, display or sue fireworks in a public fireworks display or for agricultural, industrial, or wildlife control purposes without an appropriate license or permit. The sale, storage, manufacture, distribution or display of fireworks must follow the rules adopted by the commissioner. Visit the Bexar County Website for more information.
Safety Tips for Firework Use in Legal Areas
Now that you learned about local regulations, be sure to be familiar with your local laws to avoid penalties. Below you may find a few tips that can help prevent personal injury while utilizing fireworks.
- Only utilize fireworks outdoors in an area free of overhead obstructions
- Always stay away from dry grass or other flammable materials
- Keep fireworks away from children, only responsible adults should handle fireworks
- Keep a water hose nearby or consider purchasing a fire extinguisher
- Never put any body part directly over a firework device
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Do not handle fireworks if you have been drinking any alcoholic beverage
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