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Most fireworks are illegal in and just outside of Cedar Park

Post Date:06/23/2020

Fireworks stands open on June 24, 2020.  The Cedar Park Fire Department reminds everyone that most fireworks are illegal in and around Cedar Park.  In addition to potentially starting a fire, fireworks can result in serious injuries, particularly to children. 

“Stop the Pop” public service announcement created by local area fire chiefs to discourage illegal fireworks.

Because Cedar Park has many fire service areas which are not part of the city per se, it is important for area residents to understand the law, especially as it pertains to areas outside of city limits. 

Fire Chief James Mallinger says, “Even though State law allows for the sale of fireworks immediately adjacent to the City limits, that same State law makes them illegal to use in the City limits.”     

Mallinger adds that Cedar Park’s ordinance also makes fireworks illegal just outside of the City - within 5,000 feet of City limits - without a special permit.  The Cedar Park Fire Department responds to several areas of Travis and Williamson Counties, which are not in the city limits but are part of the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  Fireworks are illegal in those ETJ areas served by the Cedar Park Fire Department.  The City of Cedar Park has a zero tolerance policy regarding fireworks.  That means police must issue citations to any violators.   The punishment for possessing fireworks can be up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000 plus court costs.  Police and firefighters will be patrolling areas for illegal fireworks, both inside and outside of the city limits during the July Fourth holiday.  

View an interactive map of where fireworks are allowed in Williamson County: https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap

Fireworks that are allowed to be used in Cedar Park are products that do not explode or fly up into the air.  Examples include sparklers, blooming flowers, snaps, etc.

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