Bulletin Staff Report
Anyone thinking of setting off fireworks in the city limits should think again, Brownwood Police Chief Virgil Cowin and Early Police Chief David Mercer said.
Setting off fireworks in the city is a Class C misdemeanor, and violators could be fined up to $500, the police chiefs said.
Violators face more serious criminal charges and could be financially liable if their fireworks start grass or structure fires, Cowin and Mercer said.
“We will write citations, and we’d rather not have to do that,” Cowin said. “We will be patrolling. We’d rather not be writing citations on a day that people ought to be enjoying family togetherness and family barbecues.”
Mercer said there is still a fire danger despite recent rain. “It’s still dry. (Fireworks) can set grass fires in town. They can set houses on fire, not to mention bothering people,” Mercer said.
“We’re definitely going to enforce fireworks violations.”