Don’t Even Think Fireworks in Plano

City set to come down on pyrotechnic scofflaws

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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Don’t Even Think Fireworks in Plano

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Looks like fun ... not in Plano.

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Plano hates fireworks. More to the point, Plano hates for its residents to play with fireworks.

The city plans to come down hard on anyone caught with firecrackers or bottle rockets or such in their possession within city limits — up to a $2,000 fine for holding the contraband, even holding it for a friend.

According to a press release issued by the city, “ordinance states by law” — and isn’t that redundant? — making, storing, handling, or using a sparkler attracts the gendarmes.

No word on how much for just thinking about lighting up the night sky come Fourth of July.

Presumably this applies to residents of, say, Dallas en route home from north of Allen after buying a stash of Roman candles, spinners, fountains, cherry bombs, and all manner of sub-napalm explosives.

Just so there’s no mistake, Plano defines fireworks as “any device for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect for entertainment purposes that is activated by ignition with a match or other heat producing device.”

Somewhere an arsonist weeps.

Ah, but there is a city-sanctioned option available come the Fourth of Firecrackers. Plano stages its community celebration and fireworks show — complete with a soundtrack on KLAK 97.5 FM … k-lack, really? — over Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. That takes place starting at 9:30 p.m., July 4, and it’s free.

You can look, but you can’t touch.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He and a buddy once broadsided a cop car with a bottle rocket. Ah, good times.

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