Fireworks in San Antonio prohibited, burn ban in effect for Bexar County this 4th of July
We've had some really dry weather of late and the ground, trees, grass and shrubs are crispy. Inspite of that firecracker popping on the 4th will unfortunately go on as usual. This year the San Antonio Police and Fire Departments that San Antonio residents can protect their homes and families by reporting any fireworks use they see in the city. The San Antonio Fire Department will once again have a Fireworks Hotline in operation on July 4th to take calls about illegal fireworks use within the city limits.
The fireworks Hotline for July 4th is 210-207-0202. And the hotline will be open from 8 p.m. until Midnight. Here's something else to think about before lighting up the firecrackers. The use of fireworks in the City of San Antonio is illegal and can result in a Class C Misdemeanor which can carry a fine of up to $2,000. This July 4th Holiday SAPD will have officers dedicated specifically to respond to firework violation calls. Citizens are encouraged to visit one of the professional fireworks displays occurring throughout the city.
That's in the city, as far as Bexar county is concerned, with conditions as dry as they are, Fire Marshal Chris Lopez urges the public to please exercise extreme caution when setting off fireworks. He offers these safety tips:
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display put on by professionals, but for those who use consumer fireworks, these tips will help to avoid causing injuries and damage to property:
Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.
Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.
Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.
Always read and follow manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions.
Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
Only use fireworks outdoors. It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.
Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Make sure you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never re?light a “dud” firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
Remember: It is illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school or church; and within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station for flammable or combustible liquids; and to discharge fireworks at or from a motor vehicle. Fire Marshal Lopez also wants to remind residents that arson charges can be brought against a person who recklessly causes a fire, regardless of the person’s intent.