Fireworks are one of the main attractions for the 4th of July.
“I love fireworks, I grew up with fireworks, with kids and grandkids that love fireworks, so I want everybody to enjoy them. It’s the 4th of July, we want everybody to be safe,” says Tom Green County Judge, Steve Floyd.
For San Angelo, there’s nothing new about the city ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks.
“Within the city limits of San Angelo you can’t shoot any fireworks at any time. Unless you’re a licensed pyrotechnic vendor,” says San Angelo Fire Marshal, Ross Coleman.
Possessing or using fireworks within 5,000 feet of and inside the San Angelo city limits is a Class C misdemeanor.
“The Fire Marshal’s office will be driving around the city looking for violators if we catch you, we’ll write you a citation that citation can reach up to $2,000,” says Coleman.
Despite the record breaking rainfall during the month of June, the city ordinance still stands.
“Basically, they have to comply with state law. And of course, obviously, you can’t use public property to set off those fireworks,” says Steve Floyd.
There are designated areas outside city limits where fireworks are allowed.
Officials say the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a display by a licensed pyrotechnic operator.