As Independence Day draws near, many city officials throughout Williamson County remind residents fireworks are illegal within city limits, as well as within 5,000 feet of the city limit line, according to the Williamson County Fire Marshal’s office.

However, the use of fireworks is permitted within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Those caught using fireworks within city limits may face a Class A misdemeanor with a fine of up to $2,000, according to a news release from the city of Round Rock.

Sparklers, sky rockets and firecrackers are specifically prohibited, defined as firework devices that make visible effect or audible noise, per a Round Rock ordinance.

Those wishing to turn in illegal fireworks may contact the inspection division without penalty by calling 512-218-5590. To report illegal use of fireworks call 512-218-5500.

Check this Williamson County map to find where individuals may legally discharge fireworks.

What else?

Throughout the United States, there is more than $36 million in property damage related to fireworks on the Fourth of July, according to the city of Round Rock release. Nationally, fire departments respond to more fires on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.

Additionally, fireworks can be dangerous when not used properly, with potential for causing serious burns and eye injuries. Williamson County officials urge citizens who plan to use fireworks to celebrate the holiday to follow the following safety tips.

Before you set fireworks off:
  • Buy only from reliable fireworks sellers.
  • Read all labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Find a smooth, flat surface, away from houses, other buildings, dry leaves and grass.
  • Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Always have adult supervision.
When you’re ready to set fireworks off:
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Remember that even sparklers can cause serious burns.
  • Ensure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down, and place them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
One more thing

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter reminds residents that some pets can be scared of the loud sound of fireworks. The following are some tips to help your pet through their anxiety:
  • Keep pets indoors, and take pets out for bathroom breaks before festivities begin.
  • Play music or have the TV on.
  • Have a safe place for them to hide if they choose.
  • Offer dogs chew toys.
  • Have an anxiety vest or other calming items on hand.
  • If a pet's anxiety is severe, check with a veterinarian for medication.