Sit back, relax and let the local towns and cities handle the fireworks this Independence Day.
Most towns in southern Denton County prohibit fireworks within their limits, including Argyle, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound and Highland Village.
The Lantana Community Association banned fireworks in 2012 after several grass fires sparked by fireworks threatened homes on New Year’s Eve.
Shooting off fireworks where it is prohibited could land you with a fine up to $2,000, said Brandon Barth, spokesman for the Flower Mound Fire Department.
“There are usually quite a few reports of fireworks the night of the Fourth of July (in Flower Mound),” Barth said. “To an extent, some people don’t know they’re illegal. The rest of them are going to do it anyway. It can be confusing, though, because you buy them in the county.”
Barth said the only fireworks allowed in the city limit are the little poppers you throw on the ground, “but that’s pretty much the extent of it.”
“If you can light it, and there’s a fuse involved, it’s banned,” Barth said.
Fireworks are allowed in other unincorporated areas of the county and in Bartonville, if they are discharged on private property away from buildings and people, and as long as the fire marshal has declared it is a Burn Day. To determine if it is a Burn Day, visit the Denton County Emergency Services website or contact them at 940-349-2840.
Legal consumer fireworks include fountains, cones, and sparklers.
If you shoot fireworks, you are responsible for any damage they cause to someone else’s property, according to local authorities. You can report fireworks violations to your local police or sheriff’s office.
Southern Denton County won’t be firework-free, though. Down the road in Roanoke, the city is putting on its annual 3rd of July Celebration, a large event that will end with a fireworks show.
Flower Mound’s Independence Fest 2017 will feature a professional fireworks show about 9:50 p.m. on July 4 at Bakersfield Park.