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Little Elm Fire Chief reminds residents of fireworks ban. Town ordinance covers all fireworks, including sparklers.
LITTLE ELM (June 15, 2017) Fire officials around the country are bracing for the Independence Day Holiday, the time of year that has become among the highest for property damage by fire and personal injury.
“Each year during this time, serious injuries and significant property loss occur as a result of the careless use of fireworks,” says Fire Chief Brian Roach. “To address that important issue, communities like Little Elm, have taken steps to outlaw the use and possession of consumer fireworks. While we certainly want people to enjoy the holiday, we also want everyone to do so safely.”
The concern is for the health and safety of residents, especially the young who may not be aware of the dangers associated with fireworks. Additionally, homeowners who, through no fault of their own, fall victim to fires caused by fireworks are left with the pain and suffering that accompany a major catastrophe.
Roadside stands selling fireworks dot the area, but the Little Elm Fire Department reminds residents and visitors that the possession, use and sale of any and all fireworks are illegal within the town limits. Furthermore, state law allows the Town to ban the use and sale of fireworks within a 5,000 foot buffer extending outside of the Town’s limits.
“The Little Elm Police Department and Fire Marshal’s Office will be actively enforcing laws regarding the possession and use of all types of fireworks, including sparklers. Anyone cited for fireworks violations may be faced with up to a $2,000 fine and seizure of all fireworks,” added Chief Roach.
Little Elm’s traditional July 4 holiday celebration, July Jubilee, is set for Tuesday, July 4 at Little Elm Park. The free event, which starts at 5 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m., includes a major fireworks display at the end of the evening.
Residents with questions regarding the policy may contact the Fire Department by calling (214) 975-0424.