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Illegal use of fireworks in city could cost you big

Posted at 7:19 AM, Dec 31, 2018

As you begin planning your New Year’s Eve festivities, the Corpus Christi Fire Department wants to remind everyone it is illegal to discharge fireworks inside the city limits, including on city beaches.

The police and fire departments will be working together to enforce this ordinance. If someone is found illegally using fireworks, they could be fined up to $2,000 per package.

Area first responders gathered Monday at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital today, urging residents to celebrate responsibly for New Year’s Eve.

Transporting fireworks in a vehicle inside the city limits is legal if all fireworks are in original, unopened packages and are in the vehicles’ trunk or in an SUV’s cargo area.

If you will be using fireworks this holiday, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Children must have adult supervision
  • Get landowner permission to use space outside city limits
  • Alcohol and fireworks can be a dangerous combination
  • Do not pick up leftover fireworks as they could still be active
  • Read and follow package directions
  • Never touch or hold a firework after it has been lit
  • Only use fireworks outdoors
  • Have an emergency extinguishing method nearby

If anyone wishes to report the illegal use of fireworks, please call the Corpus Christi Police Department’s non-emergency line at (361) 826-2600. Do not call 911 for firework complaints.