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You Light It, We’ll Write It Personal Use Fireworks Illegal in Baytown

Post Date:06/13/2017 2:25 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 13, 2017

Patti Jett                                                                        
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell
E-mail: patti.jett@baytown.org


You Light It, We’ll Write It
Personal Use Fireworks Illegal in Baytown


In just a few short days, firework stands will be opening just outside of Baytown city limits. The City of Baytown wants to remind everyone that other than public displays by licensed professionals, the use of fireworks when celebrating Independence Day is dangerous and is prohibited by law in Baytown.

It isn’t just shooting fireworks that will get you into trouble. "The possession of fireworks, as well as the discharge of fireworks, is prohibited at all times within the city limits of Baytown, said Bernard Olive, Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. “The only permissible fireworks are those in a properly permitted public display, for which licensing and bonding requirements have been met." 

Get caught this year, and it will cost you more than ever before. Baytown Municipal Court recently raised its window fine to $350 ($416 with Court costs.) If it goes in front of the Judge, you could face a penalty of up to $2,000. The increased fine amounts coincide with a City Council directive to get tough on those who ignore the law. 

Last July, a Texas teen lost several fingers, part of his leg, and required several surgeries to save his eyesight.  It is this type of accident that City leaders hope the increased attention will prevent.

"The risks associated with fireworks require the prohibition. Each year the media covers reports of injuries to individuals and the damage and destruction of property that come with fireworks. Our goal is to protect the lives, safety, and property of our citizens. We cannot accept such increased risks in Baytown," stated Shon Blake, Fire Chief.

Blake also said, "The individual use of fireworks, especially by children, leads to injuries and property damage every year. Public displays at professional shows are the safest way to celebrate our independence. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the July 4th Celebration at Bicentennial Park, which will end with an outstanding fireworks display.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that 7,000 people in the United States were treated for fireworks related injuries in 2014. The Commission sites that deaths, injuries and property damage from fireworks consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually.  

Police Chief, Keith Dougherty, reminds revelers, "Discharge of firearms within the city limits is also prohibited by ordinance. Stray bullets from gun shots can cause property damage and personal injury, including death. While the reveler intends no harm, an extreme risk is always present. We will not tolerate the discharge of firearms as a way to celebrate.”

To report any discharge of fireworks or firearms in Baytown call 281-422-8371.