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Police, Fire warn against New Year's celebrations involving guns, fireworks

Posted Dec. 29, 2017

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New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate at public and private events, concerts, family get-togethers — or just staying home. But the Fort Worth Police and Fire departments urge that your celebration not include fireworks or firearms. Using fireworks and discharging a weapon into the air are both illegal in Fort Worth.

All fireworks are a serious hazard during the holidays. Sparklers, firecrackers, fountain displays and bottle rockets can quickly start fires on lawns and roofs, causing property damage and potential bodily injury or loss of life. Illegal use of fireworks can result in fines up to $2,000.

Firing a weapon inside the city limits is a Class-A misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. It is also a threat to humans, pets and property. Bullets fired into the air will, of course, come down somewhere, with enough force to do damage.

Before you step outside at midnight to light a fuse or point a gun into the air, think about what might happen:

  • Someone may be injured or property could be damaged.
  • Neighbors won’t be happy if a bottle rocket sets their roof on fire.
  • Depending on alcohol consumption, you might accidently injure yourself.
  • You might have to check the “yes” box beside “Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Felony or Misdemeanor?” at your next job interview.
  • That $4,000 fine could have bought a lot of stuff you really need.
  • You might get to make new friends during your 365 days behind bars.

Have a legal, safe and happy celebration.

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