There are limited days in Texas when fireworks can be sold and the July 4 holiday is one of those times.
Authorized retailers can sell fireworks from June 24 through July 4, according to the Texas Department of Insurance. While North Texans can buy fireworks at stands, projectiles can’t be fired just anywhere.
Here’s what to know about the fireworks this Independence Day weekend.
What fireworks are illegal
In Texas, common 1.4G fireworks may be sold on designated days throughout the year.
Retail fireworks season dates typically fall around holidays such as the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years, and Texas Independence Day.
Illegal fireworks include sky rockets or bottle rockets, with a propellant charge of less than four grams, an outer case diameter of less than five-eighths of an inch, and an overall length, including stick, of less than 15 inches.
Pop rockets with a propellant case length of less than five inches, an outside diameter of less than three-quarters of an inch and an overall overall rocket length of less than 26 inches are also not permitted, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. State of Texas.
Where can you light fireworks
Fireworks cannot be shot anywhere in town.
The lighting of personal fireworks is limited to unincorporated parts of Tarrant County, as long as it is your property or you have received permission from the owner.
Other limitations by the Tarrant County Fire Marshal’s Office to understand:
- Explode or set off fireworks within 600 feet of a church, hospital, asylum, licensed child care center or schools, unless you have received written permission from that organization.
Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of where flammable liquids or compressed gases are stored and dispensed.
Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of where fireworks are stored or sold.
Lighting or discharging fireworks inside or from a motor vehicle.
Lighting or placing lit fireworks in a motor vehicle or throwing fireworks at a motor vehicle.
If property damage over $200 occurs due to a violation of the limitations or if the incident results in bodily injury or death, the violation is classified as a Class B misdemeanor.
Report illegal fireworks
Fort Worth and Arlington have ways to report illegal fireworks activity.
Fort Worth residents are asked to call 817-392-4444 or report through the MyFW app using the red banner at the bottom of a smartphone screen. Reports can also be made on reportfireworks.fortworthtexas.gov.
Arlington residents are asked to report illegal fireworks to arlingtontx.gov/reportfireworks or using the Ask Arlington app on a smartphone.
How to get rid of fireworks
If you have fireworks to dispose of, do not put them in trash cans or recycling bins and do not take them to environmental collection centers or solid waste drop-off points.
For Fort Worth Residentscontact the Fort Worth Fire Department at 817-392-6850 or FWFire@fortworthtexas.gov to schedule a drop-off or arrange a pickup to dispose of fireworks.
Arlington Residents You must contact the Arlington Fire Department at 817-459-5539 or www.arlingtontx.gov to schedule a drop-off or arrange a pickup for fireworks disposal.
Check with your municipal fire department for information on how to dispose of fireworks.