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Celebrate Independence Day safely and legally: leave fireworks to the pros

Posted June 29, 2020 | Last updated June 30, 2020

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Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July holiday.

In addition, fireworks start an estimated 19,500 fires each year, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 17,100 outside and other fires. On average, these fires cause five deaths, 46 injuries and $105 million in direct property damage.

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 weekend to target fireworks violations. To report a violation, call 817-392-4444 or use the online reporting tool. Don’t call 911.

And if you want to ensure a safe Independence Day celebration for your family, check out one of the public fireworks displays in the area. While most of these displays are not allowing in-person, close-up viewing this year due to social distancing, the fireworks can be seen from multiple points around the city.

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