Lamar County Sheriff’s Office shared important information regarding fireworks in the county, and how it is legal to possess and discharge fireworks on private property in the county’s unincorporated areas – outside most cities’ limits, as most cities in the county have ordinances against the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks.
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“With the Fourth of July coming up, we wanted to make sure you get the correct information regarding fireworks in Lamar County,” Lamar County Sheriff’s Office shared. “We hope that you read and share this prior to your party planning, so we don’t have to come and break up the fun.”
The use and possession of fireworks in Lamar County is allowed, “but only in the unincorporated areas of Lamar County.
“In other words, as long as you are not within the (Paris) city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits (depending on the city ordinance) feel free to have your own fireworks-related fun. Just be careful, because fireworks can turn dangerous fast and without any warning. Check out Sec. 2154.251 Prohibited Use of Fireworks in the Texas Occupations Code.”
The sheriff’s office also emphasized the importance of respect the rights of others, as loud/dangerous “conduct can disturb others and land you in trouble with our Deputies.”
According to Texas Penal Code § 49.02 (Public Intoxication), it is a crime to be so intoxicated “that you are a danger to yourself or others.
USE AND POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS IS PROHIBITED IN ALMOST EVERY CITY IN LAMAR COUNTY.
Every city in Lamar County prohibits not only the use of fireworks but also their possession by local ordinance. Some cities can still prohibit the discharge of fireworks within 5,000 feet of their city limits. Fines can be up to $2,000 for violations. So, make sure you check with your cities.
“No matter what you end up doing, remember to be safe and responsible.”
Anyone with questions or concerns, contact the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at 903-737-2400.