Jun 28, 2013 3:01 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - There are new rules in place concerning fireworks you should be aware of as the 4th of July quickly approaches.
It's still illegal to use fireworks within the Corpus Christi city limits, but it is no longer illegal to simply possess them.
There is a catch. The fireworks packaging may not be open and if kept within a vehicle, they cannot be within the passenger compartment. That means place them in the trunk of a car, in the bed of your truck, or in the very back of an SUV or van.
Steve Keighley operates a fireworks stand out on FM 43 across from the London School District. "Be safe. Don't point them at each other. Don't light them in your hand and let them blow up in your hand...safety first."
In previous years, Corpus Christi police and firefighters have stopped people leaving fireworks stands as they headed into town.
This year officers and firefighters will team up for directed patrols to deal with reports of fireworks calls within neighborhoods on July 4th. If you wish to report anything, call 886-COPS (2677).
In Kingsville, possession and use of fireworks remains illegal. Violators face a fine of $225 per incident.