If you were planning on ringing in the new year with fireworks, think again. Burn bans are in effect in both Nueces and Refugio counties.
Residents are prohibited from burning trash, and also are not allowed to buy, sell and/or use fireworks.
The burn bans are due to ongoing drought conditions. Here in Corpus Christi, there is a city ordinance prohibiting the possession of fireworks within city limits. If caught with them, you could be fined up to $2,000 per fireworks package.
"Tonight we'll be doing what we've done previous nights. We'll be monitoring fireworks stands. Enforcing the city's ban on fireworks. Trying to keep people from bringing them into the city," said Captain James Brown of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "And as a reminder, we want to remind everyone they are illegal within the city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits line, and if you are caught with them, they will be confiscated, and you could be issued a citation."
Both burn bans are in effect through January, at least. Violating them is a Class C misdemeanor.
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