What Bay Area residents need to know about fireworks shows, laws

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With Fourth of July around the corner, revelers may be tempted to light off bottle rockets or fountains of brightly colored sparks, but League City and Clear Lake warned residents that fireworks are illegal.

According to a League City press release, it is illegal to light or possess open fireworks in city limits. League City police will be patrolling July Fourth and can fine residents who light off fireworks up to $2,000.

It is also illegal in Houston to set off fireworks. A Texas House bill allows for the transportation of fireworks with restrictions, including where the fireworks are located inside the vehicle and whether they are opened, according to the city’s website.

A firework is defined as “any composition or device designed to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation,” according to League City ordinance.

However, there are several free, legal fireworks displays happening in the Bay Area.

At dusk July 3, League City will display fireworks at the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex, 1251 League City Parkway.

There will be fireworks at the Kemah Boardwalk at 9:30 p.m. July 4.

Nassau Bay’s fireworks begin at 9 p.m. July 4 at Lake Nassau Park, 18900 Upper Bay Road.

Webster will have a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Texas Avenue Park, 17100 Texas Ave.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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