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July 4 fireworks limited in Nueces County

The sale and discharge of certain fireworks is prohibited by Nueces County in unincorporated areas due to drought conditions.

Risk of fire and lack of water create hazards

Nueces County has prohibited the sale and possession of specific fireworks within the unincorporated areas of the county due to drought conditions. Skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins are not allowed to be sold or fired, county commissioners recently voted.

“The fireworks in question are currently more dangerous in the unincorporated areas because their flight paths are unpredictable,” said Nueces County Emergency Management Coordinator Louie Ray. “The ground conditions are at a higher-than-usual risk for fires, and we need to take measures to secure all persons and properties.”

The fireworks order will remain in effect until determined by the Texas Local Government Code (Section 352.051(b)) that drought conditions no longer exist in Nueces County.

Fireworks are not legal in the Corpus Christi city limits, including on city beaches.

The restrictions will not affect the Mayor’s Big Bang Fourth of July Celebration, which is Sunday, July 3, on the Corpus Christi Bayfront. Fireworks begin at about 9:30 p.m.

To report the illegal discharge of fireworks, call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600. Do not call 911.

Stage 1 drought

The city of Corpus Christi entered Stage 1 mandatory drought restrictions on June 14.

The restrictions designate that residents can water yard grass only once a week, on trash collection day, before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Businesses are not impacted by Stage 1 restrictions.

The city encourages all to conserve water by avoiding water runoff, checking homes for leaks, and washing only full loads of dishes and clothes.

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