What you need to know about fireworks

More than 9,000 people went to emergency rooms with fireworks injuries last year and five died, including a Texas man.


Follow Local Rules
Fireworks are not allowed in many cities and The Woodlands Township. If you live in a municipality, check with City Hall to see if it is legal to possess or discharge fireworks in your area.

Under State Fireworks regulations, you may need a permit if you are putting on a fireworks show for more than 50 people, even if you’re using retail-grade fireworks. If you hire someone to put on a display for your group, make sure they have a Texas pyrotechnic operator’s license. To find out if someone has a Texas license, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-578-4677.
While our best advice is to take in a public fireworks display, we realize that many residents will want to celebrate the 4th of July with consumer fireworks. If you choose to do so, here are some safety tips.
• Children should not use fireworks. Make sure an adult is always watching.
• Remember: Alcohol and fireworks are a bad mix.
• Follow the instructions on the firework.
• Avoid shooting fireworks near dry grass, brush, or other materials that can easily catch on fire.
• Never aim fireworks where they could land on a house or hit a person.
• Have a bucket of water, garden hose, or other water sources ready for emergencies.

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