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June 28, 2014

Residents urged to use caution during 4th of July

WEATHERFORD —

The Weatherford Fire and police departments would like to remind area residents to be cautious and compliant with the laws during the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Each year those departments answer numerous complaints regarding individuals shooting off fireworks throughout the city.

The largest percentage of those complaints and violations are disproportionately found in or around the Lake Weatherford area, which is located inside the city limits of Weatherford.  

The City Fire Marshal would like to remind area residents and visitors that the possession, storage, use and handling of fireworks within the corporate city limits are prohibited. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. Officers with the Weatherford Police Department and the Weatherford Fire Marshal’s Office will be out enforcing the ordinance; citations may be issued to violators and their opened fireworks can be seized. Along with enforcing the city ordinance on fireworks, the police department, in conjunction with the fire department, will be conducting extra patrol of Lake Weatherford on Friday, July 4, enforcing boating laws and city ordinances as well as the Texas Water Safety Act. For more information visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

Also, be aware that Parker County has no designated area for the use of fireworks. All fireworks used in unincorporated Parker County must be on private properties and the discharge of fireworks over public roads and highways is strictly prohibited.

Illegal fireworks are also becoming a growing concern. Illegal manufacturers of fireworks do not follow proscribed packaging and content standards which results in more injuries than legal fireworks. 

Any firecracker containing more than 50 milligrams (about 1/6 the weight of a typical aspirin tablet) of powder are illegal to use. Cherry bombs, M-80’s, M-100’s and silver salutes are illegal explosives and now outlawed in most states because they can cause serious injury and even death. 

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