Fireworks Prohibited in Schertz City Limits and ETJ
The Schertz Fire Department reminds residents that possession, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Schertz and the City’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Violators could be fined up to $200.00 for each offense.
The Schertz Fire Marshal reminds citizens that illegal fireworks include any device for the purpose of producing a visible and audible effect for entertainment purposes by ignition with a match or other heat-producing device. Sparklers and Roman Candles are examples of illegal fireworks while Party Poppers, Champagne Poppers, and Fun Snaps are acceptable.
According to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were seven fireworks-related deaths and an estimated 7,000 hospital emergency room treated injuries in 2008. In 2007, CPSC had reports of eleven deaths and an estimated 9,800 injuries.
As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, the Schertz Fire Department urges families to enjoy fireworks the safer way, by attending locally-sanctioned fireworks shows presented by professionals who adhere to safety codes. Additionally, in order to ensure the safety of all Schertz residents, the Fire Department will have personnel on patrol looking for violators of the ordinance. Anyone caught with fireworks within the city limits shall be issued a citation and the fireworks they have in their possession will be confiscated.
Fireworks are not toys, they are devices designed to reach high temperatures, to burn and spark, to explode, and to launch. They are unpredictable by nature and are too dangerous for non-professional users.