Montgomery County rejects additional fireworks sales seasons

The sale of fireworks in Montgomery County will remain limited to twice a year—Fourth of July and New Year’s—following a vote March 8 by Montgomery County Commissioners Court.

After House Bill 1150, authored by state Rep. James White, R-Woodville, was signed into law following the 2015 legislative session, each county was given the option to consider three additional fireworks sales seasons. The proposed seasons included Texas Independence Day from Feb. 25-March 2, San Jacinto Day from April 16-21, and Memorial Day from the Wednesday before the last Monday in May to midnight on the last Monday in May.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office conducted an online survey in February to gain feedback from residents regarding the proposed new fireworks sales seasons. Of the more than 4,400 individuals who took the survey, 61 percent of respondents were opposed to the additional sales seasons.

According to the report from the fire marshal’s office, those residents opposed to the additional seasons were concerned about quality of life issues such as noise disturbances.

Resident Karen Smith spoke during the March 8 meeting and said additional seasons would create additional costs for the county in terms of manpower and equipment needed to respond to incidents and emergencies caused by fireworks.

“There are professional fireworks displays available each year celebrating various holidays that the public can attend,” she said. “My research has led down one road—that most county residents were not aware of the legislation and were not happy about it.”

The sale of fireworks is legal in Texas counties two times annually—the 12 days leading up to the Fourth of July and New Year’s. However, fireworks are only legal to shoot off in unincorporated areas of the county. Municipalities, like the cities of Conroe and Shenandoah, have ordinances against fireworks, and there is a covenant in place in The Woodlands Township that prohibits the discharge of fireworks.
By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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