Emergency Services / Fire Marshal

Fireworks Q & A

  1. Can I shoot fireworks from or at a vehicle or boat?

  2. Can I shoot fireworks from a public roadway, public property, park, lake, or Corps of Engineer Property?

  3. Where can I legally shoot fireworks?

  4. What will happen if I start a fire by shooting fireworks?

 

Answers:

Can I shoot fireworks from or at a vehicle or boat?

NO. You can be fined up to $500.00.

Can I shoot fireworks from a public roadway, public property, park, lake, or Corps of Engineer Property?

NO. You can be fined up to $500.00.


Where can I legally shoot fireworks?

You may discharge fireworks in the unincorporated county, on your own private property or on the property of another with written permission.  Fireworks are prohibited within most cities and within 5,000 ft of most cities. Spent fireworks may not land on adjacent property.


What will happen if I start a fire by shooting fireworks?

If the fire is found to be started intentionally, and damages the property of another, you may be subject to the charge of Arson with a possible penalty of 2-20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.00. If the fire is found to be accidental, and damages the property of another, you will be subject to a fine up $1,500.00. In either case you may be held civilly liable for damages.


  • In 1997, the United States Fire Administration reported that the dollar loss value of fires related to fireworks was $5.4 million.

  • On July 4, 2000, in a period of only a few hours, fire departments in Denton County responded to over 38 grass fires started by fireworks.

 

For further information please contact

the Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office at (940) 349-2840