AUSTIN (KXAN) - What with the Fourth of July falling on Wednesday next week, a lot of fireworks are expected this weekend.
The word of the public safety sector is "just be careful."
Fireworks are forbidden in most incorporated cities - including Austin. But they are allowed in the outlying areas of Travis, Hays and Williamson counties.
Every year, fireworks account for 16,000 fires and send 9,000 people to emergency rooms.
In Bastrop Friday, Elizabeth Dainton was shopping with her three kids at the American Fireworks Superstore.
She's careful what she buys and how she uses it.
"My dad always taught us to have water nearby," she said. "And for my kids, we don't want anything going in the air. It's just too dry."
Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr may redeploy some of her people.
"Maybe put them on our brush trucks so when they start shooting bottle rockets and things like that we can have quicker access," Kerr said.
Travis County Fire Marshals will have six officers on patrol, and they ask if you see a problem to call 3-1-1. If it's a serious injury or fire, call 9-1-1.
Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Berger also suggests going to professional shows.
"The Austin Symphony is playing Saturday night," he said. "And Lakeway has a couple of professional shows. We encourage people to stick to the professionals."
It is illegal to use fireworks within 600 feet of a church, daycare center or school. Should you cause someone bodily harm or ignite a fire, you could be charged with assault or arson. Those are felonies.
So enjoy, but be safe.
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