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Fireworks illegal in Houston city limits

Setting off fireworks in Houston may result in a tremendous between $500 and $5,000.

HOUSTON — It’s that point of the year when fireworks and gunfire may mild up the night time skies on New Year’s Eve, however in the city limits of Houston, each are illegal.

“It is illegal, let me underscore illegal and dangerous, let me underscore dangerous to fire a gun into the air,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned.

Firing off random gunfire may get you a hefty tremendous or land you in jail.

“We’re going to have plain clothes officers, and we’re going to have uniformed officers just out on patrol for that,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner mentioned. 

Last year, there have been 9 arrests for celebratory gunfire and 392 requires providers. Two folks have been injured by celebratory gunfire, a 21-year-old and an 8-year-old. 

“It’s unsafe and downright dangerous and we want to put an end to it,” Finner mentioned. 

Setting off fireworks in Houston may result in a tremendous between $500 and $5,000, and in keeping with Assistant Fire Chief Rodney West, nationally there are “3 to 10 deaths, 9000 injuries annually due to fireworks.”

The Houston Fire Department sees a 20 % enhance in calls throughout this time of year and is asking folks to be thoughtful of others as a result of fireworks may result in critical harm. 

“Houses are being destroyed, apartment complexes are being burned, people are being injured,” Turner mentioned. 

Crime Stoppers will provide rewards of $5,000 if somebody is caught capturing a gun into the air.

You can watch the message from Houston city officers on fireworks and celebratory gunfire in the video beneath:

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