End 2022 with a bang AND all your fingers

San Antonio – As one of many restricted home windows of time the state of Texas permits for firework gross sales, New Year’s Eve in Bexar County is historically a full of life and loud night time, stuffed with the bangs and booms of fireworks.

But these fireworks may be harmful.

“I don’t know that we’ve skipped the holiday in a while without somebody getting hurt. We’ve had situations where people have literally lost fingers or maybe lost an eye,” mentioned Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez.

After speaking with Lopez and studying by suggestions from the county, KSAT put collectively this brief record of security suggestions:


  • DO supervise children utilizing fireworks

  • DO use them in an open space with brief or no grass, away from different vegetation

  • DO be vigilant about the place aerial fireworks may drift

  • DO have water buckets, a hose, or a fireplace extinguisher readily available

  • DO soak used fireworks with water earlier than throwing them within the trash

  • DON’T shoot fireworks at different folks

  • DON’T shoot fireworks from or at vehicles

  • DON’T attempt to relight a firework if it doesn’t gentle the primary time. Instead, submerge it in water and eliminate it.

  • DON’T drink alcohol and use fireworks

“I always try to make sure that people understand that just because somebody is an adult doesn’t mean they’re a responsible adult, right? So we don’t want to mix alcohol and fireworks,” Lopez mentioned.

Lopez mentioned San Antonio and the opposite municipalities in Bexar County all have ordinances in opposition to utilizing fireworks inside their metropolis limits. So the unincorporated areas of the county are the one locations you’re legally allowed to make use of them.

Even then, nonetheless, there are restrictions on how shut you should utilize them close to sure areas:


  • Churches

  • School

  • Hospitals

  • Licensed childcare middle

  • Nursing house


  • Places the place flammable liquids or flammable compressed gases are saved or disbursed

  • Places the place fireworks are saved or bought

Officials with the San Antonio Fire Department mentioned use of fireworks inside metropolis limits can lead to a Class C misdemeanor and a superb of as much as $2,000.

To report reckless use of fireworks that presents a right away threat of harm or fireplace hazard, name the non-emergency quantity at 210-207-7273. Report accidents to 911.


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