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About Texas Pyrotechnic Association
The Texas Pyrotechnic Association promotes the safe and proper use of fireworks.  Since most incidents occur as a result of misuse and abuse, TPA focuses on promoting the most effective way to reduce these incidents: concentrating on raising safety awareness.

Every year, TPA provides fireworks safety guidelines to more than 5,000 firework vendor stands throughout the state for distribution to consumers.

Availability of Fireworks
Texas vendors can sell fireworks from June 24 to July 4 and during the Christmas/ New Years season from late December to January 1 of each year.

What does an “aerial fireworks ban” mean for consumers?
Texas classifies its consumer fireworks into aerial and ground-based categories.  This year’s dry weather has prompted counties to impose a ban on the sale and use of certain types of aerial fireworks.

Consumers may not purchase or use stick rockets or missiles with fins or rudders in any of the banned counties.

Fireworks That Can Still Be Purchased
Consumers can still purchase and safely use the following ground-based fireworks during the bans:

  • Roman candles
  • Sparklers
  • Mortars
  • Multi-shot items
  • Reloadables
  • Fountains
  • Firecrackers
The aerial fireworks bans apply specifically to stick rockets and missiles with fins or rudders.

Safety Tips
Vendors are assigned responsibility to encourage consumers to follow these basic safety guidelines:

  • Buy fireworks only from licensed retail outlets
  • Follow directions carefully - with close adult supervision
  • Never experiment with homemade or altered fireworks
  • Use fireworks outdoors, in a safe area away from dry grass and buildings
  • Before you enjoy fireworks, get permission from the property owner
  • Keep a bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby
  • Light one firework at a time - then move back quickly!
  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals
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