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Fireworks Illegal in the City of Austin

From the City of Austin website:
Austin Fire Department issues warning
 
With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, the Austin Fire Department (AFD) is issuing a reminder today to all citizens that fireworks are illegal within the Austin city limits. Each year, there are hundreds of brush, grass, and structure fires across the state started by fireworks, doing millions of dollars in damage and risking the lives of innocent bystanders. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2010, an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by fireworks and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms; 38 percent of those were due to sparklers and novelties. The NFPA also states there are more fires on a typical Fourth of July than any other day of the year, and that fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. Additionally, the risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-14.
 
“Even though we are not in as severe a state as last year when we had to cancel even the professional fireworks displays due to the extreme drought, we are still urging people to exercise caution this Fourth of July holiday,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr. “That means leaving the fireworks to the professionals, properly disposing of cigarette butts and charcoal, and not parking on dry grass. We need all citizens to do their part so that everyone enjoys a fun, safe holiday."
 
It is illegal to possess fireworks within the City of Austin. It is illegal to use or sell fireworks within the City of Austin and within 5,000 feet outside the city limits. The fine is $568.00; that may not seem like much, but if your fireworks cause bodily harm and/or property damage, AFD can charge you with assault and/or arson, both felony crimes. The Austin Police Department will be responding to fireworks complaint calls made to the 311 system. Please remind citizens not to call 911 for fireworks complaints; they should call 311.
 
 
 
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