In the United States each year, fireworks account for 10,000 injuries serious enough to require emergency room visits and for 51,000 fires causing about $36 million in damage.
Some things to keep in mind, especially during our current drought:
- It is illegal to possess fireworks within the City of Austin or within 5,000 feet of the city limits.
- It is also illegal to transport fireworks through Austin.
- Although fireworks are legal in some areas outside of the City of Austin, their use anywhere is extremely dangerous. Fire experts recommend that fireworks be left to professional displays.
Source: The Austin Office of Emergency Managment