Can the commissioners court permit public displays of fireworks during certain times and at certain locations?
Yes, under Local Government Code §352.051(f), the county may designate one or more “safe” areas where the use of restricted fireworks is not prohibited. The county may also designate a specific date or dates on which fireworks are permitted in the “safe” areas. In determining if an area may be considered “safe” the court should consider whether adequate public safety and fire protection services are provided to the area. For more information, see our publication Short Answers to Common Questions: Burn Ban, Regulation of Fireworks and Declaration of Local Disaster.