By Amanda Rogers
Almost everyone is ready to celebrate the end of 2020, but Mansfield residents better not send the old year out with a bang.
Owning or discharging fireworks is illegal within 5,000 feet of the city limits, according to city ordinance, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.
“We get some calls, but not a whole lot,” said Zhivonni Cook, public information officer for the Mansfield Police Department. “I think they know it’s illegal to shoot off fireworks in Mansfield. And it’s probably going to rain.”
If residents do hear fireworks discharging inside the city limits, they should call the Mansfield police, Cook said.
“Don’t call 911 because we have emergencies going on,” she said. “Call the non-emergency number, 817-473-0211.
The urge to celebrate the end of a very contentious year is strong, but Cook asks that residents find other ways to observe the holiday.
“We know everyone wants to celebrate, but we want everyone to be smart and not play with fireworks,” Cook said.
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