North Texas is experiencing severe dry weather, leading to severe drought conditions and disaster declarations throughout Texas. Multiple disaster declarations have led to fireworks being banned in Parker, Johnson, Navarro, and Palo Pinto counties.
CBS DFW reports that you can still buy them at local shops but you face a penalty of $500 to $1,000 for shooting them in restricted areas. NBC 5 reports that Tarrant County has also been put under a burn ban. According to NBC 5, while families can't set off fireworks, they are recommended to attend Fourth of July fireworks shows in Tarrant County. Fox 4 reports that burning is a Class "C" misdemeanor and any peace officer can issue a citation for violating the local government code.
Fire Marshall Randy Renois is recommending residents keep an area of about 30 feet mowed around homes to keep any potential fire from reaching structures. Residents should also remove unwanted combustible debris and vegetation and keep water hoses accessible in case of a small fire.
Harris County still allows sale of fireworks for the Fourth of July, but the county's marshal office encourages residents to attend professional fireworks displays. People who decide to use consumer fireworks in Harris County are encouraged to have a water source nearby and soak the used fireworks before getting rid of them. According to ABC 13, for those who find an unattended fire, they're encouraged to call 9-1-1 and contact the local fire department. Fire crews remain on alert ready to respond to any calls this holiday weekend.