Holiday fireworks sales begin

Bexar County fire marshal, fireworks dist­ributors urge safety, common sense

SAN ANTONIO - With no restrictions in place, fireworks sales blasted off Thursday in Bexar County.

It's a time of the year that Luke Girdley of Alamo Fireworks calls "fireworks season" -- when the sale of fireworks is legal.

"We're real excited about it," Girdley said. "We think there is going to be a lot of people coming out to buy stuff."

Fireworks season is also a time that Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts calls one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires.

Girdley and Roberts are urging fireworks enthusiasts to exercise extreme caution when shooting off fireworks.

"Be sure to have water on hand. Use fireworks only with adult supervision and shoot fireworks only in unincorporated parts of the county," Girdley said.

Roberts said watching out for the weather is a wise thing to do.

"If you see the tops of the trees blowing around, that's probably not a good time to send fireworks up into the sky," Roberts said.

Roberts said that his office will have patrols out as usual to look for people violating fireworks laws.

He added that weather conditions can change quickly and that could dictate whether restrictions would be needed. Roberts urged residents to stay informed about possible changes before using fireworks.

Fireworks are allowed to be sold from Dec. 20 through Dec. 31.

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