Under state law, fireworks can be sold and used in the days around New Year’s, but local laws in many Highland Lakes municipalities forbid their use within city limits.
“They are illegal in the city of Marble Falls, and you could be fined up to $500,” Fire Marshal Thomas Crane said.
The state allows municipalities to decide whether to allow the sale, possession, and use of fireworks within their communities. Most incorporated Highland Lakes cities have ordinances against fireworks in the city limits.
Violations are few in Marble Falls, Crane continued. Most illegal use is along the lakeshore, where it is difficult to pinpoint exactly who is setting them off.
Fireworks violations can be called in to the Marble Falls Police Department’s non-emergency line at 830-693-3611. It’s similar in other cities as well.
Crane said if it’s a true emergency, such as a fire or serious injury, then call 9-1-1.
The biggest danger, especially in dry conditions, is sparking a grass fire.
Other cities, including, but not limited to, Granite Shoals, Burnet, and Horseshoe Bay, also ban the use of fireworks within city limits. Before using fireworks within a city, check with fire or police to ensure you’re within the law.
When using fireworks outside city limits, always be aware of your surroundings and conditions such as dry vegetation. It’s a good idea to have a water source or fire extinguisher on hand as well as a mobile phone in case of an emergency.