Although setting off fireworks is a customary Fourth of July activity, the practice is prohibited within many major North Texas cities.
Fourth of July festivities and fun are at the top of everyone’s list as Independence Day draws near. Backyard cookouts, parades and fireworks are the customary celebratory activities for this anticipated holiday, but for many North Texas residents, fireworks are not an option.
"We don't want to discourage anyone from enjoying the holiday; we just want to remind people that Texas is still prone to wildfire danger," said Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones in a statement.
The Texas Forest Service suggests these tips to ensure safety and prevent fires:
Although many burn bans have been lifted throughout the region, fireworks may still be prohibited. Below is a list of cities that prohibit the discharge of fireworks.
Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Garland, Grand Prairie, Highland Park, Irving and Richardson.
Arlington, Fort Worth and North Richland Hills
Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Midlothian, Plano, Waxahachie and Wylie
Burn bans continue to be in effect in Wise County and Palo Pinto County, and Ellis County enacted a 90-day burn ban beginning June 25.
This list is subject to change. Burn bans and fireworks restrictions are determined by county government and city ordinances.
For more information on fireworks bans, visit your county's website.