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Fireworks a New Year's tradition, but illegal in Corpus Christi

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In less than a week 2017 ends, 2018 begins and many in the Coastal Bend will ring in the New Year with fireworks.

"It's something we celebrate, it's a new year," said fireworks stand owner Joe Perez.  "So they think of it like "let's go out with a bang." It's a good time with family to get together."

At several fireworks stands, business is better in the days before New Year's Eve than during 4th of July weekend.

"It's more anticipated than 4th of July," said Perez.

However, lighting fireworks is illegal within 5,000 feet of Corpus Christi city limits.  Anyone caught illegally using fireworks faces a fine of up to $2,000 per package of fireworks.

"We just ask people to obey the rules," said Capt. James Brown of the Corpus Christi Fire Department who says he's seen too many cases of fireworks mishaps leading to injuries and fires.

"You'll have penetrating injuries, burns, different types of trauma," said Brown. " And usually there's always a couple fires; brush fires, structure fires.  There's always some, one is too many."

If you see someone using fireworks within city limits, officials say don't call 9-1-1.  Instead, any fireworks related complaints should go to the city's non-emergency number -- (361) 886-2600.

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