Firework violations can lead to stiff fines
Residents are being reminded that while celebrating America's independence, it is unlawful to store, possess, use or sale fireworks inside the city limits.
An exception is granted for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, which is free to the public. The show is slated for about 9:20 p.m. Monday at Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex, 500 W. Hidden Creek Pkwy. Fireworks immediately follow a concert by Escape, a Journey tribute band, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
The city's fireworks show is coordinated by a licensed pyrotechnician.
“It goes without saying that fireworks in the hands of those who are not professionals are unsafe inside the city limits. Homes and businesses are too close together, which means that one malfunctioning firework could result in grass fires, house fires and potential injuries,” Fire Marshal Stacy Singleton said. “Please be considerate of your neighbors and follow the rules so that we don’t have a Fourth of July tragedy.
"We (fire marshals) will be out patrolling the streets throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Remember that sparklers are also illegal in the city. Always use fireworks under adult supervision. Alcohol and fireworks don't mix.”
Citations for violating the city's fireworks ordinance can be written by fire marshals and police officers. A violation can be punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist is a separate offense.
Residents wishing to report fireworks in their neighborhood may call 817-426-9903. If deemed an emergency, call 911.