SAN ANGELO – Tom Green County officials are reminding residents that discharging fireworks on public property is illegal and dangerous this Independence Day Holiday Weekend.
Tom Green County is currently under a Burn Ban, which outlaws all outdoor burning; the exceptions are for grilling and welding.
While it is legal to sell and possess fireworks and enjoy them on private property, it is illegal to use fireworks in public parks like Pugh Park, Foster Park, Harper Park and Veribest Park, Twin Buttes, and the San Angelo State Park an along any public roads or highways.
In addition, it is always illegal to shoot off fireworks inside the City Limits of San Angelo.
The Burn Ban is in effect because drought conditions in Tom Green County are so severe that any spark could ignite a wildfire, including fireworks.
Officials recommend that residents who choose to use fireworks to celebrate the Independence Day Holiday on private property take the proper precautions to do so. Never let a child use fireworks unsupervised. Have a water source nearby to douse any flames that ignite, and be sure not to set your neighbor's place on fire.
The loud noises and bright flashes of light associated with fireworks are also scary for some pets. Every year, some outdoor pets flee their homes because of the noise and confusion and end up at the animal shelter. Make sure your pets are contained to prevent them from running away. Stay inside with them and turn on the TV or some music to blunt the sounds of the fireworks. And be kind to your neighbors and their pets as well.
Experts recommend residents enjoy commercial fireworks displays like the Star Spangled Banner Concert and Fireworks at the River Stage in San Angelo on Monday, July 3 and the Lake Nasworthy Fireworks Display on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4.
According to information from the Tom Green County Judges Office, A BURN BAN IS IN EFFECT! Please use extreme caution with fireworks.
Monday, July 3rd is not a Tom Green County holiday however some offices are choosing to close (please see below). All county offices, courts and libraries will be closed on July 4th. Commissioners Court has been rescheduled to July 5th at 8:30 am.
Budget workshop for Tom Green County begins Friday, July 7th at 9:30 am and continues through July 13th. The final workshop is July 17th.
County Court at Law
County Court at Law #2
The Child Protection Court of Concho Valley
Vehicle Registration / Tax Assessor
Justice of the Peace 1
Road & Bridge 2 & 4