AFD warns of July 4th firework dangers

FILE - Austin firefighters (KXAN File Photo/Daniel Guerrero)
FILE - Austin firefighters (KXAN File Photo/Daniel Guerrero)

AUSTIN (KXAN)- The Austin Fire Department wants everyone to be aware of the dangers of fireworks this 4th of July. On Monday, the Department sent out a reminder that fireworks are illegal within the Austin city limits.

“The best way to enjoy fireworks this Fourth of July holiday is to leave them to the professionals,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr.

“It is illegal to possess fireworks within the City of Austin, and to use or sell fireworks within the City of Austin and within 5,000 feet outside the city limits. If you are found in violation, the fine is $568; that may not seem like much, but if your fireworks cause bodily harm and/or property damage, we will charge you with assault and/or arson, both felony crimes.”

If you have a complaint about fireworks, AFD wants you to call 311 and not 911.

AFD says wooden stick sparklers, smoke bombs, glow worms and snakes, poppers, trick noisemakers and snappers are allowed within the city limits.
However, it warns sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,800 degrees and smoke bombs shoot a flame of 2 to 3 inches when ignited.

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