While Bexar County officials have determined that it is safe to shoot off fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county on New Year's Eve, there is always a certain amount of 'user-error' that can occur.
Officials remind residents that it is illegal to shoot fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, veterinary hospital, school or church, and within 100 feet of a gas station. It is also illegal to shoot fireworks at or from a motor vehicle.
The Bexar County Fire Marshal also shares these fireworks safety tips:
- Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.
- Keep a bucket of water or a water hose nearby.
- Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.
- Beyond the danger of starting a fire, residents also should consider their personal safety as well as the safety of others when using fireworks by following these tips:
- Always read and follow manufacturer s recommendations and instructions.
- Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.
- Only use fireworks outdoors. It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.
- Always have plenty of water available to extinguish a fire should one start.
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Make sure you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re‐light a dud firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
Need more information? Call 210-335-FIRE.
The Bexar County fireworks hotline is active from now until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office says that since fireworks are legal, officers will respond to fireworks-related calls if a person or property is in jeopardy.
They also remind residents to call 911 if a person has been injured.