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What to know about fireworks in Central Texas

Posted at 8:25 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 09:25:34-05

With New Year's Day right around the corner, there are no shortage of fireworks stands open across Central Texas.

Fireworks Superstore in Belton is just one of over 8 fireworks stands in Bell County open for business now through New Year's Day.

Coach Robert Hodge is a volunteer at Fireworks Superstore in Belton and said that he looks forward to his time at the store every year because a portion of proceeds are donated to Killeen Track Express.

"Every time you purchase from Fireworks Superstore, you are giving back to organizations like ours," Hodge said.

Before buying, it's important to know the local rules that govern igniting fireworks in your area.

Most Central Texas counties restrict ignition of fireworks to private property that is located outside the city limits.

If you are outside city limits on private property, you must receive permission from the landowner to ignite the fireworks.

In Bell County, adult violators will not be issued a citation but be taken directly to jail and charged with a Class B Misdemeanor and could face up to 180 days in jail along with a maximum $2000 fine.

Reasons why Hodge says it's possible to stay safe but have a little fun too.

"You get a chance to spend some time with family, so fireworks is a great addition to it," Hodge said.