A fireworks hotline was activated Friday for the upcoming New Year's Eve holiday for residents of unincorporated Bexar County to call if they feel fireworks are being dangerously or illegally used.
The Bexar County Public Safety Communications Center opened the fireworks hotline at 4:00 p.m. Friday and said it will remain active until 6:00 a.m. Jan. 2.
Residents may call the hotline at 210-335-FIRE to report suspicious behavior. The Bexar County Fire Marshal says if an actual medical or fire emergency results from the use of fireworks, residents should instead call 911.
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Although there are no restrictions on the sale or use of fireworks in Bexar County, the fire marshal said it is always illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school or church.
The fire marshal also said it is also illegal to discharge fireworks within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station for flammable liquids or combustible liquids. Finally, it is illegal to discharge fireworks at or from a motor vehicle.
Bexar County is under a ban on outdoor burning, which was put into effect Thursday morning. This means residents may not burn any materials outside of a burn barrel or device meant to contain burning material, such as a charcoal grill or chiminea.