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July 2nd, 2009
Fireworks violators face hefty fines


San Marcos residents who use fireworks during the Independence Day holiday could face fines as high as $2,000.

“Local ordinance prohibits the possession or use of fireworks in San Marcos and within a mile of the city limits,” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said. “In addition, we are well into the second year of a severe drought. The extremely dry conditions pose a severe fire danger that should make everyone take precautions.”

San Marcos city regulations prohibit the sale, possession, storage or discharge of fireworks within and up to a mile of the city limits. The Fire Marshall and San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) will have extra patrols on duty during the weekend to answer fireworks complaints. They will also post traffic signs advising residents and visitors of the ban.

Fireworks vendors in unincorporated areas of Hays County have agreed to not sell fireworks with sticks and fins.

To report illegal fireworks in San Marcos, call (512) 753-2108.

Residents are instead encouraged to enjoy the free public fireworks display at San Marcos Plaza Park on July 4. The fireworks will be part of the city’s annual Summerfest celebration. The show will be staged from the parking lot behind Texas State’s baseball/softball complex, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

According to city officials, the show can be best seen from a variety of locations, including the San Marcos Activity Center, the San Marcos Public Library, San Marcos City Hall and the Strahan Colosseum parking lot.

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