SAN ANTONIO – Fourth of July is only days away, so here's a reminder of what you can and can't do when it comes to fireworks:
- You are not allowed to light fireworks within city limits.
- You are not allowed to transport fireworks within city limits.
- Keep water or an extinguisher nearby to extinguish any possible flames.
- Only set fireworks off outdoors.
- Follow instructions.
- Don't drink and set off fireworks.
- Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
- Never re‐light “dud” fireworks. If a firework does not work, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
Right now in Bexar County, there is only a burn ban in effect on outdoor burning in unincorporated Bexar County.
“Because there have been more than 300 grass fires within Bexar County since the beginning of the year, I would like to thank the participating fireworks vendors who have proactively taken these extra precautionary measures,” Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez stated in a news release. “With conditions as dry as they are, I urge the public to please exercise extreme caution when setting off fireworks. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display put on by professionals.”
The Bexar County fire marshal said it is illegal to discharge fireworks withing 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school or church and within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station.
Anyone caught recklessly handling fireworks or starting fires could face arson charges, the fire marshal said.
There is a fireworks hotline to report illegal or unsafe use of fireworks. The number to call is (210) 335-FIRE (3473). If an actual medical or fire emergency results from fireworks, however, residents should instead call 911.