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Novelty items such as party poppers, Champagne poppers, and snaps are not considered fireworks and are legal to use within the City limits. You may also consider silly string or other party favors.
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Fireworks are illegal for many reasons:
The Friendswood City ordinance defines fireworks as the following: “Fireworks, as described in V.T.C.A., Occupations Code § 2154.001(5), means any composition or device designed to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, such as firecrackers, cannon crackers, skyrockets, torpedoes, Roman candles, sparklers, squibs, fire balloons, star shells, gerbs, or any other substance in whatever combination by any designated name intended for use in obtaining visible or audible pyrotechnic display, and such term shall include all articles or substances within the commonly accepted meaning of fireworks, whether specially designated and defined in this section or not.”
The use or possession of fireworks within the City of Friendswood is a Class C City ordinance violation carrying fines of up to $2,000 per firework.
Fireworks are not allowed to be sold within the City limits. The fireworks being sold in our area are not within the City limits of Friendswood. In some cases, sellers will set up just outside of the City limits.
If you are only using fireworks and have not caused injuries or damage to property, a citation will be issued. The citation is a fine only unless you fail to sign it or do not show up for your court date. If someone is injured or a fire is started, you could be held civilly or criminally liable for your actions