Happy 4th of July Independence Day!

4th of July Fireworks and Flag
4th of July Holiday Fireworks and Flag

Most of us can agree fireworks are basic must-have for the 4th of July Independence Day Holiday.  However, Bexar County does have regulations set in place to protect you and the well fare of this city when it comes to setting off fireworks. Things to keep in mind are, outside the city limits you can unleash small works with some limitations. If you want to ignite fireworks you must be 600 feet away from a church, school, or hospital and 100 feet away from fuel storage facilities like gas stations. “As long as you are away from a residence or even your neighbor’s home you want to make sure you’ve got at least 100 feet away from structures,” Bexar County Fire Marshall Chris Lopez said.

Most importantly, the purchase, use and/or transport of fireworks is illegal within the San Antonio city limits. This activity can be considered a Class C misdemeanor in the eyes of law, and can carry a fine of up to $2,000.

Bexar Country Firework Regulations

According to the Bexar County website, when it comes to the use a fireworks a person may not:

(1) Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization;

(2) Sell at retail, explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed;

(3) Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold;

(4) Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle;

(5) Place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle;

(6) Conduct a public fireworks display that includes Fireworks 1.3G unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic operator;

(7) Conduct a proximate display of fireworks that includes Fireworks 1.3G or Fireworks 1.4G as defined in NFPA 1126 Standards for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic special effects operator and has the approval of the local fire prevention officer; or

(8) Sell, store, manufacture, distribute, or display fireworks except as provided by this chapter or rules adopted by the commissioner under this chapter.

These restrictions are for the benefit of the community and your safety. If you are planning on buying and igniting fireworks this 4th of July remember to use caution and be safe.  As always we recommend you use plenty of precautions while in attendance or participating in any 4th of July activities.

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