Wednesday, June 24, was the first day of the 4th of July fireworks sales season. State law permits firework sales only during certain periods of the year, one of which is from June 24 through midnight July 4.
Here are some helpful resources related to fireworks:
State laws and regulations:
- Texas Occupations Code ch. 2154, Regulation of fireworks and fireworks displays
- 28 TAC §§34.801 et seq., Storage and sale of fireworks
- There may also be local regulations in your area that regulate the sale, storage and use of fireworks
- Fireworks licensing laws - Texas Department of Insurance
- Fireworks display safety - Texas Municipal League
During the 84th Legislative Session (2015), there were three bills that passed that were related to fireworks. All three go into effect on 9/1/2015.
- HB 1150: Relating to the sale of fireworks on and before certain holidays; affecting a provision subject to a criminal penalty.
- SB 570: Relating to the use of fireworks at certain Texas Department of Transportation rest areas; creating a criminal offense.
- SB 761: Relating to the taxation of fireworks.
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