“City Ordinance 1132 outlaws the storing, selling or shooting of anything considered a firework within the city limits,” Treviño said this week.
Anyone who plans to use fireworks in the city should be aware that there will be “zero tolerance” of violators of the ordinance, the chief said.
That includes parents who allow their children to use fireworks, the chief added.
Treviño warned that the fine for violating the ordinance is $500.
There are places outside the city limits where people may legally use fireworks but even in that situation people need to consider fire safety when using fireworks.
Treviño said the weather has been dry recently and showers this spring caused grass to grow high in some places, providing plenty of fuel for wildfires.
“We encourage people to go to the Bee County Exposition Center this year for the free fireworks display,” Treviño said. That would be much better than getting a citation from a police officer and having to pay a fine.
“It’s not like anybody accidentally uses fireworks,” the chief said.
In addition to being a fire hazard, fireworks in residential neighborhoods are a nuisance.
Treviño said his officers often end up answering 40-60 calls a night from concerned neighbors when people use fireworks in the city. That ties up his officers and keeps them from regular patrols and makes it harder to respond to real emergencies.