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Texas Fireworks Laws for 2018

Posted July 6, 2018 | General Personal Injury

Fireworks are legal to own in Texas, and state residents should follow several guidelines when it comes to legal fireworks purchases and use. While it is legal to purchase fireworks in Texas, the state regulates the times when it is acceptable to do so. As of 2016, fireworks sales are open in the days leading up to one of the acceptable holidays, including:

  • Texas Independence Day: Firework sales occur from February 25 to March 2 for this holiday.
  • San Jacinto Day: Texans may purchase fireworks for this holiday from April 16 to April 21.
  • Memorial Day: Fireworks sales for Memorial Day extend from the Wednesday before the last Monday in May until midnight on the last Monday.
  • The Fourth of July: Fireworks sales open on June 24 and extend until midnight on July 4.

If you plan to celebrate any of these holidays with fireworks, you will need to purchase your fireworks during these dates. Although Texas law only permits fireworks sales on specific dates, it’s legal to use fireworks any day of the year if you do so in accordance with local laws. For example, some local governments prohibit the use of any fireworks inside city limits and ignoring the law could result in fines.

Tips for Safe and Legal Fireworks

Before you purchase any fireworks for your holiday celebrations, it’s important to figure out a few key details first. Your top priority should be to make sure you do not need a permit to use the fireworks you intend to use. If you do require a permit, it’s important to secure one before purchasing or using any fireworks, especially large or display-grade fireworks.

You should also identify a good place to light your fireworks. If you own land with enough wide-open space to launch fireworks successfully and safely, you may do so, but be sure to keep a few pieces of safety equipment on hand like fire extinguishers and first aid kits in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to touch base with your local police department or fire station to make sure your fireworks-related plans are legal and safe.

It’s crucial to follow all applicable local laws while using fireworks. For example, some local laws require residents to use fireworks a certain distance away from churches, schools, and hospitals. If there is any doubt about where you plan to use your fireworks, check your local laws to make sure you aren’t in violation.

Finally, use good judgment when it comes time to light your fireworks. Texas law prohibits children under 16 from purchasing fireworks, but the state law does not include any directions as to who may use them. Fireworks are inherently dangerous, so adults must use good judgment when it comes to allowing children near them or to use them. Older children may safely use fireworks with adult supervision, but responsible adults should handle larger, more dangerous fireworks.

When you purchase fireworks for a holiday celebration, it’s unwise to stock up and keep fireworks for later. Due to their construction, fireworks do not store well, and it’s possible for the chemicals inside some fireworks to deteriorate with time. This could lead to some serious personal injuries or even worst, a death. If you believe that wasn’t your fault, you could consult a wrongful death lawyer in Dallas, however, a good rule of thumb is to only purchase what you plan to use for your celebration and use it all.

If you are unsure whether you can launch fireworks on your property or simply don’t want to run the risk of injury, property damage, or legal penalties for fireworks violations, then you should consider attending a professional fireworks show in your area. There will be countless community venues hosting fireworks displays for Texas holidays, so you’re sure to find an amazing show if you’d rather not launch fireworks yourself.