What is legal and where can I go to shoot off fireworks?
It is legal to discharge fireworks on your private property or on the private property of another with the owner’s permission in the unincorporated areas of Denton County. This rule does not supersede a city’s ability to regulate the discharge of fireworks within 5,000 feet of their city limits.
Municipalities & Lakes
Most cities have ordinances prohibiting the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks within their city limits. Some larger cities can enforce certain ordinances within their extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and may include the possession and discharge of fireworks. If you reside within the ETJ of a city in Denton County, please check with that city prior to discharging fireworks in their ETJ.
Possession and or discharge of fireworks on U.S. Corps of Engineer Property is illegal. This includes most parks and property adjoining Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts.
Always seek permission from landowners prior to discharging fireworks on private property.
Prohibited Use of Fireworks
A person may not:
Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any:
Hospital other than a veterinary hospital
Licensed child care center
Public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization
Sell at retail, explode, or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed
Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold
Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle
Place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle
Conduct a public fireworks display that includes Fireworks 1.3G unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic operator
Conduct a proximate display of fireworks that includes Fireworks 1.3G or Fireworks 1.4G as defined in National Fire Protection Association 1126 Standards for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic special effects operator and has the approval of the local fire prevention officer.
Note: Violation of fireworks rules may result in a fine of up to $500 per occurrence.
Use fireworks outdoors in a safe area, away from dry grass and buildings.
Follow the directions on the fireworks package carefully, with close adult supervision.
Keep a bucket of water, wet towels, and a garden hose nearby.