Fire officials around the country are in general agreement that towns and cities that curtail the use of retail fireworks within their neighborhoods see a major reduction in fires, property damage, and personal injury.
“It stands to reason,” Prosper Fire Marshal Bryan Ausenbaugh said. “Every year throughout the country, the careless and often illegal use of fireworks results in tragic consequences. Municipalities that pass ordinances related to this issue see far fewer incidences.”
Nationwide, preventable tragedies mount during the Independence Day holiday. While merchants strategically set up retail fireworks sales stands where allowed by law, it is not legal to have possession of these items within Prosper. And, of course, the use of fireworks, whether or not purchased by the user, is also strictly prohibited.
Ordinance #00-13 makes it a misdemeanor offense to possess or discharge fireworks inside the Town limits and within the extra-territorial jurisdiction. The only fireworks allowed in Prosper are those set off by professionals with a valid permit, an inspection and proof of a bond.
The restrictions on the possession and use of fireworks are in the interest of protection of property and personal safety.
“If a person or persons are found in violation of this ordinance, they may be issued a citation,” Ausenbaugh said. “They will then be required to appear in Municipal Court, and if found guilty, could face fines of up to $2,000 for each offense.”
The Town of Prosper is a cosponsor of the annual Pride in the Sky event at Frontier Park on Saturday, July 1, which culminates in a sanctioned fireworks display. The free event begins at 5 p.m. and the fireworks will occur shortly before 10 p.m.
“The members of the Prosper Fire Department wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, and refraining from fireworks will help ensure that,” Ausenbaugh said.
Contact the Fire Department at 972-346-9469 or visit www.prospertx.gov to view the fireworks ordinance.