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Fireworks -- What's Allowed and What Isn't

Find Out Austin City Policy on Fireworks

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Ever wondered about Austin's policy on fireworks? It's pretty straightforward.

City of Austin Ordinance on Fireworks

According to city ordinance, the possession of fireworks is illegal within Austin's city limits. In addition, the use and/or sale of fireworks is prohibited within city limits and within 5,000 feet of the city limits. That includes annexed areas classified as being in Austin's Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

The use of fireworks in Austin could result in a fine of more than $500, and any injuries or property damage resulting from their use could lead to criminal charges. To report violations, call 311.

Exceptions to the Ordinance

The exceptions to Austin's ordinance on fireworks are based on definitions created by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Items that are not classified as common fireworks are allowed within Austin city limits.

Fireworks that can be used in the city include snakes/glow worms, smoke devices, sparklers and noisemakers (such as poppers, snappers and trick matches).

Travis County Policy

In the past, Austinites who wanted to light fireworks would sometimes head into unincorporated areas of Travis County to purchase and use items they couldn't use in the city limits.

However, because of severe drought conditions in Texas and the potential for wildfires, Travis County declared a local state of disaster in June 2011.

That declaration, signed by County Judge Sam Biscoe, allowed the county to ban the use and sale of fireworks in Travis County. Those who are found guilty of violating the order can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $500.

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