Published on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The 4th of July holiday is this Friday and with it comes the responsibility of families to celebrate safely and legally. The purchase, use and/or transport of fireworks within the city limits of San Antonio is illegal and the violation is a Class C misdemeanor which can carry a fine of up to $2,000. There were an estimated 17,800 fires started across the country by fireworks in 2011 resulting in 40 injuries and about $32-million dollars in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Last 4th of July, the San Antonio Fire Department responded to 26 brush and grass fires and 10 trash fires that may have been the result of fireworks use.
Fire danger is not the only problem with fireworks use, there is also a high probability of serious injury. The NFPA reports that U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people in 2012 for fireworks related injuries.
The department will once again have a Fireworks Hotline in operation on the 4th of July. Citizens can call (210) 207-0202 between the hours of 7 pm and 11pm to report the use of fireworks within the city limits. Last year the SAFD received 357 calls to the hotline. 12 citations were issued and there were 15 confiscations.
We want to encourage citizens to attend the City of San Antonio Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park or any of the other public shows around town on Friday. A full list of public shows is on the SAFD’s Facebook page at facebook.com/sanantoniofiredepartment.
Author: Cambri Ensminger (GPA)