Fireworks are a staple for any Fourth of July celebration. While professional firework displays are typically the safest way to go, some people prefer to buy and use their own. But, before you do so, it’s important that you are aware of what laws apply so you can ensure you are complying with state and local laws.
Below are firework laws in Texas that you should know before you plan your holiday celebrations.
Requirements for Selling Fireworks
In Texas, fireworks can only be sold during certain times of the year. Each county has the option of allowing fireworks to be sold during the following holidays:
- Fourth of July
- New Year’s
- Texas Independence Day
- San Jacinto Day
- Cinco de Mayo
- Memorial Day
Anyone who plans on selling or distributing fireworks in Texas must have an appropriate license to do so. Individuals who are hired to put in firework displays, for instance, must have a Texas pyrotechnic operator’s license. You can find out whether someone has this license by contacting the State Fire Marshal’s office at 1-800-578-4677 or Fire.Marshal@tdi.texas.gov.
State and Local Laws for Firework Usage
The state permits the use of fireworks approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Additionally, Section 2154.003 of Texas’ firework laws ban the use of skyrocket and bottle rocket fireworks with propellant charges of less than 4 grams, a casing size of less than 5/8 of an inch for outside diameter and less than 3 ½ inches in length, and an overall length of less than 15 inches.
Additionally, under state firework law, a person may not:
- Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of a church, a hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a school
- Sell, explode, or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored or dispensed
- Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold
- Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle
It’s important to note that, while state law permits firework usage, city and local ordinances typically dictate such activities. For instance, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth ban the usage of fireworks; failure to comply with such laws can result in a fine of $2,000.
View Fireworks from a Distance
The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends viewing fireworks from a distance in order to reduce the risk of injury from fireworks. If you are in the areas of Waco or Austin, here are some firework showings that you can take the whole family to in order to celebrate the holiday safely:
- 4th on the Brazos at McLane Stadium’s Touchdown Alley
- Fort Hood's Independence Day Celebration at Hood Stadium
- Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks at the Long Center
- Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
- Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Celebration at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater
Our team at Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. wishes you and your family a safe, happy Fourth of July!
If you or a family member is injured during the Fourth of July holiday, our team is here to advocate on your behalf and pursue justice on your behalf. Contact our firm at (254) 938-6885 to schedule your free case evaluation today.