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Are Fireworks Actually Legal in Houston? 

We take a look at the laws behind shooting off firecrackers within city limits. 

By Jaisal Kalapatapu July 1, 2021

We love our fireworks just as much as the next guy. There’s nothing that says “freedom” like a bunch of explosions in the air in the night sky. However, it’s important to stay safe (and legal) in all of the excitement around July 4. Let’s take a look at what you can and can’t do when it comes to fireworks this holiday weekend. 

If you live in the City of Houston, we have some bad news for you.

In the City of Houston, it is illegal to discharge fireworks. Period. According to the Houston Fire Department, residents are not allowed to shoot fireworks within city limits and can be fined $500–$2,000 per individual firework shot. So … maybe find a different way to celebrate freedom. You can find a list of places to watch fireworks here.

If you really want to shoot fireworks, though …

It is legal to buy, possess, and use consumer fireworks in most parts of unincorporated Harris County. However, fireworks are not allowed to be used near certain places, such as a church, hospital, school, or daycare. 

Additionally, there are rules about transporting fireworks. You cannot—and certainly should not—shoot fireworks out of a motorized vehicle, nor can you have fireworks outside of the passenger area of the vehicle. This means that fireworks—opened or unopened—cannot be in the glove compartment, trunk, or driver’s seat. See H.B. 183 for more information. 

You might have a bit of trouble finding those fireworks.

Shipping container delays in China, Egypt, and California have led to fewer fireworks to choose from and, therefore, higher prices. With the combination of higher demand this year, fireworks are going to be a bit more difficult to find. Places like Top Dog Fireworks and Elite Fireworks still have some available, but those spots recommend not waiting till the last minute to purchase them, as they could sell out. 

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