The City of Alice is telling its citizens that they need to celebrate the Fourth of July without personal fireworks this year.
City leaders said a city ordinance there forbids it, just like in Corpus Christi. The ordinance not only applies to residents of Alice, but also the residents of Jim Wells County that are within a mile radius of city limits.
According to the ordinance, it is against the law for any person to possess, store, sell, use or explode fireworks within one mile of the city limits.
Alice Police Chief Randy Weems made the point Tuesday that, often on the holiday, people drink too much alcohol and then use and misuse fireworks, which can be dangerous and lead to people losing fingers, hands, eyes and other body parts; and as a group of grass fires along Highway 44 last week showed, there are a lot of dead fuels underneath the grass, and that's another hazard for this Fourth of July.
Weems said attending an organized event is the best way to go, but simply shooting fireworks up in the backyard is too much of a danger for the community.
All fireworks violations will be enforced. It is a Class C misdemeanor, and you could be arrested or cited with a fine of up to $500.
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