City: Zero tol­er­ance for il­le­gal fire­works

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

Fire­works are il­le­gal in Cedar Park and within a mile of the city’s lim­its, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the city.

The Cedar Park Fire De­part­ment is ask­ing res­i­dents in its en­tire fire ser­vice area to not use fire­works at all dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, the state­ment said.

Cedar Park has many fire ser­vice ar­eas that are not part of the city. Fire­works are il­le­gal in the city of Cedar Park and within 5,000 feet of the city lim­its with­out a spe­cial per­mit, the state­ment said.

The Cedar Park Fire De­part­ment re­sponds to sev­eral ar­eas of Travis and Wil­liamson coun­ties, which are not in the city lim­its but are part of the city’s ex­trater­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion, and fire­works are banned in those ar­eas, as well, the state­ment said.

“The city of Cedar Park has a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy re­gard­ing fire­works,” the state­ment said. That means po­lice must is­sue ci­ta­tions to any vi­o­la­tors, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. Vi­o­la­tors could face a $189 fine, the state­ment said.

Wil­liamson and Travis coun­ties are both un­der burn bans, but fire­works have not been banned in ei­ther county. Ven­dors have agreed to a self­im­posed ban of winged fire­works in those coun­ties, how­ever, while Hays, Bas­trop, Blanco and Bur­net coun­ties have all passed bans on those fire­works fol­low­ing ex­cep­tion­ally dry weather the past sev­eral weeks.

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