Fireworks prohibited inside city limits, county space ok
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Fireworks stands are ablaze with shoppers ahead of the upcoming 4th of July holiday on Tuesday. Whether it’s bottle rockets, Roman candles, or pyrotechnics that can be seen for miles, local fireworks stands just outside Copperas Cove have plenty to offer customers.
On Wednesday, the City of Copperas Cove issued its annual reminder at this time of year that the use of fireworks is illegal inside the city limits and those who are cited for using fireworks can be fined as much as $200.
It’s not illegal to possess fireworks within the city limits, but it is against the law to sell fireworks inside the city and within 5,000 feet of the city limits. It’s also illegal to set off fireworks within 5,000 feet of the city limits.
Outside the city limits, fireworks are permitted. At Monday’s meeting of the Coryell County commissioners court, there was no action taken regarding a burn ban.
“With the rain that we had on Saturday and again (Monday), there is no burn ban and no restrictions on fireworks for the July 4th fireworks season,” said Coryell County judge John Firth. He did encourage caution when using fireworks, including following instructions on products, having a safe place in the unincorporated area of the county to use fireworks, and also having a water source handy in case it is needed to put out a fire.