Reminder: Use of fireworks is illegal within City limits

Celebrating Independence Day doesn’t mean compromising the safety of yourself or others. Residents are reminded that the City of Round Rock explicitly prohibits the sale or use of any fireworks.

Use or possession of fireworks is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.

Fireworks include devices which make a visible or audible effect when set off. The City’s ordinance specifically outlaws possession and use of sparklers, skyrockets and firecrackers.

Most firework burn injuries involve children. These are usually burns to the hands and eyes causing vision impairment and disfiguring scars. Sparklers are the biggest danger to children. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

And just because you live outside the City limits doesn’t mean it is legal to discharge fireworks. There is a 5,000-foot fireworks-free zone outside City limits in Williamson County. This map shows where fireworks can be legally discharged — and where they cannot.

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