Archive for July 1st, 2014

Safety/Regulations: Fireworks in Parks

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Fireworks in State Parks

Fireworks in State Parks

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When it comes to celebrating our nation’s birthday at Texas state parks, bring the barbeque, watermelon and the outdoor games…but leave the fireworks at home.

06—It is illegal in Texas state parks…it is a Class C misdemeanor to possess fireworks in a state park.

We’re not trying to put a damper on your Independence Day fun, but Wes Masur, state park law enforcement coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife, says parks are no place for personal pyrotechnics. Even sparklers get two thumbs down.

09—Within the state park system we have different types of wildlife and different types of grasses and we don’t want to get any type of forest fire started…people are there to enjoy the state parks.

Devastating wildfires have started for much less. While some state parks offer organized fireworks displays, not everyone appreciates these holiday light shows even when they are sanctioned.

05—Some people don’t like fireworks…the noises that go along with that stuff—we just don’t allow it in the state parks.

Find out which state parks offer public fireworks displays this year, at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website

That’s our show for today…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.