Don't blow it on July 4

June 30, 2024
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By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

A lot of Americans enjoy celebrating their patriotism with a bang on Independence Day. But owning or firing fireworks is illegal within the Mansfield city limits.

“Fireworks are undeniably fun, but safety and consideration for others is crucial,”said Officer Cecily Santana, public information officer for the Mansfield Police Department. “Avoid hefty fines, neighborhood litter, blocked roadways, frightened pets and serious injuries from mishandling fireworks. Leave it to the professionals.”

According to Mansfield ordinance, “The following noises and other noises of the same characteristics, intensity or annoyance shall be prohibited at all times and at all places within the city, except as herein authorized. The explosion of firecrackers, skyrockets, Roman candles, pinwheels or any other form of fireworks or the shooting of any firearms, air guns, pellet guns, BB guns or any other type of firearms discharge except as specifically authorized by law or the proper official.”

Even possessing fireworks is illegal, according to the International Fire Code, which the Mansfield Fire Department abides by.  “The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited.”

Penalties could be up to a $2,000 fine.

Mansfield police will respond to calls of fireworks being set off, Santana said.

Even though fireworks are illegal for citizens, the city is planning Mansfield Rocks, a professional show that will be fired off at 9 p.m. July 3 from the Mansfield Sports Park, formerly Big League Dreams. The fireworks show can be viewed from Hawaiian Falls waterpark, 490 Heritage Parkway South, with purchase of an advance ticket for $39.99. See for more details.

The show will also be visible from parking lots around the sports park at Heritage Parkway and National Parkway.  People who park within a mile of the sports park can tune their radios to 88.9 FM for the music that corresponds with the fireworks show.

“Be safe, be smart,” Santana said. “Keep Mansfield secure, and remember fireworks are illegal in the city limits.”

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