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Celebrate Independence Day safely and legally, but leave fireworks to the pros

Posted June 27, 2017

Fort Worth skyline with fireworks

The Fort Worth Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that the private use of fireworks is not only dangerous, but also illegal inside the city limits.

The sale, discharge or possession of fireworks in Fort Worth is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. Any fireworks that are discovered will be confiscated and destroyed.

Fire and police personnel will be on patrol throughout the July Fourth holiday period to target fireworks violations. To report a violation, call 817-392-3000. Do not call 911.

Residents who want to ensure a safe Independence Day celebration for their families can check out one of the many public fireworks displays in the area. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Fireworks facts

  • More than 9,500 fireworks injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. About 20 percent occur among kids under the age of 15.
  • Fireworks cause more than 24,000 fires in the U.S. each year, resulting in an estimated $17 million in property damage.
  • The period around the Fourth of July accounts for nearly two-thirds of all fireworks-related fires.
  • Sparklers, those seemingly innocent items that adults put into the hands of our youngest children, burn at 1,800 degrees F – that’s hot enough to melt gold.

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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. July 25, 2017; City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. July 25, 2017; City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor - City Hall.
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Capital Improvements Advisory Committee for Transportation Impact Fees: 1:30 p.m. July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, City Hall, 2nd Floor.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor - City Hall.
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