Cleveland Police Department wanted to share this “warning” with citizens who reside, or visit inside the city limits of Cleveland, Texas; that it is “unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use, or explode any fireworks in the City limits of Cleveland without a permit”. Chief Mark Bradshaw stated, “This is an ordinance that is in affect all year not just on holidays.”
CPD officers will respond immediately to firework calls, and issue citations when appropriate.
Officers shall seize, take, remove, or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all fireworks held in violation of the law. Any person found guilty of any of the above fireworks violations can be fined up to $500.00; based on the rules set forth by “Standard Fire Prevention
Code © 1994”.
Citizens shall also keep in mind that Liberty County on June 21st, 2011 issued a “Declaration of Disaster” due to the extreme drought conditions in Liberty County. This prohibition was extended by the State of Texas Governor Rick Perry until 7 a.m. on July 5, 2011. The Authority granted under The Government Code #418.108 (i) prohibits the sale, use, and discharge of all fireworks in Liberty County.
Any person who knowingly or intentionally violates this ban commits an offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00, or confinement in a jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.
Chief Bradshaw said, due to the extremely dry environmental conditions he wanted to stress the imminent threat of the loss of property, or life due to someone ignoring these laws.