The holiday spirit may inspire some residents to light-up the night sky with fireworks on New Year’s Eve; however, most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.
Residents can check the interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area to find out where fireworks are allowed by visiting https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap.
In addition, Williamson County is currently under a burn ban, which prohibits burning any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks.
“Although we have seen small amounts of rainfall in the past few weeks, we are in extremely dry, drought conditions. There is still plenty of fuel, such as dry grasses, that could potentially start fires,” said Williamson County Fire Marshal Hank Jones. “People need to use extreme caution if they choose to use fireworks under these conditions.”
Fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks. Also, it is illegal to discharge fireworks within 600 feet of a hospital, sanitarium, veterinary hospital, school, church, and within 100 feet of a fuel dispensing station for flammable or combustible liquids. Discharging fireworks at or from a moving vehicle is also not allowed.