As the Independence Day holiday gets closer, here’s a reminder about safe ways to celebrate.
For a really big bang, check out the Austin Symphony concert and fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Auditorium Shores. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m. The hill near the Main Building at St. Edward’s University is one of the best places in our area to watch the show.
Remember, aside from public fireworks exhibits, there are strict limits on fireworks inside the city limits and in Travis County parks. Our region is once again experiencing a severe to extreme drought, increasing the risk of fire from fireworks. Check the Travis County Fire Marshal website to find out whether there is a current burn ban, and keep an eye on our drought status at the U.S. Drought Monitor.
If you do use fireworks at home, please be safe and use only the varieties allowed within the city limits without a permit. Here’s a list from the Austin Fire Department.
- Snake, glowworm: Pressed pyrotechnic pellet that produces a large, snakelike ash upon burning. May not contain mercuric thiocyanate.
- Smoke device: Pyrotechnic tube or sphere that, upon ignition, produces white or colored smoke.
- Wire sparkler: Wire coated with pyrotechnic composition that produces a shower of sparks upon ignition. May not contain magnesium.
- Trick noisemakers: Including party poppers, booby traps, snappers, trick matches, cigarette loads and auto burglar alarms.
Remember, always have water on hand when using fireworks, and soak spent fireworks before placing them in a garbage can. Get more tips for preventing fires and injuries from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
To report a nonemergency fireworks violation, please call 311. Call 911 to report emergencies such as fires and crimes.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day!
Thanks for the tip about mercuric thiocyanate. Sounds like a nasty chemical. Good to know not all snakeworms have it but will be wary of it and assume they do.