Williamson County officials warn public to check local codes before setting off fireworks this New Year's Eve

The Williamson County Fire Marshal is encouraging residents to discharge fireworks safely and legally this New Year's Eve. (Courtesy Pexels)

The Williamson County Fire Marshal is encouraging residents to discharge fireworks safely and legally this New Year's Eve. (Courtesy Pexels)

Ahead of New Year's Eve, Williamson County officials are asking residents to check city policies pertaining to setting off fireworks prior to purchasing or discharging them.

While fireworks are permitted in unincorporated portions of Williamson County, they are not allowed in county parks, according to a Dec. 20 news release. Additionally, most jurisdictions within the county have ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks in or near city limits.

Williamson County provides a map detailing areas where fireworks are allowed here.

Additionally, in the release the county cautions residents use fireworks correctly, saying if used improperly they can cause burns and eye injuries.

The Williamson County Fire Marshal Special Operations Division offered the following safety tips for residents planning to use consumer fireworks.

Buying and storing fireworks:

  • Do not let children buy fireworks without adult supervision.

  • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers.

  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

  • Find a smooth, flat surface away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass.

  • Be sure to have water on hand in case of a malfunction or fire.

  • Always have adult supervision.

Shooting off fireworks:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

  • Always read and follow label directions, warnings and instructions.

  • Be considerate of neighbors.

  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors away from houses and other structures.

  • Light one firework at a time.

  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

  • Never give fireworks to small children; even sparklers cause serious burns.

  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

  • Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle or animal.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

Consumer fireworks can be sold from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1 in Texas.
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.