Fireworks Are Legal in Unincorporated Comal County Despite Burn Ban
Go ahead, light those fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but only in unincorporated parts of Comal County.
Fireworks are prohibited in the city of New Braunfels but permitted in Canyon Lake despite Comal County’s burn ban. The State of Texas controls use and sale of fireworks, not the county.
However, Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said residents whose fireworks cause damage or injury to others can be held legally responsible for their actions.
No particular type of fireworks are banned for use during the drought, he said. The fireworks industry has created and made available better fireworks. Missiles with fins are a thing of the past, along with rockets with sticks.
In Canyon Lake, fireworks are banned from launch on roadways and boat ramps. They also are banned within 600 feet of places of worship and licensed childcare centers and schools. It is illegal to shoot off fireworks from cars or at other vehicles.
For more information contact the Fire Marshal’s office at 830-643-3738 or visit co.comal.tx.us/Fire_Marshal.htm.
Fireworks are not legal on any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property/park/trails.
On Facebook, Comal County lost and found dogs warned pet owners about fireworks, suggesting they secure their dogs and other pets in a safe, warm, escape-proof area during fireworks and today’s thunderstorms. Also recommended is turning up the TV to drown out the noise of fireworks.
“So many dogs are lost and killed this time of year,” an administrator posted. Please keep your pets safe and warm.”