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Consumer Information

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season. But fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burn and eye injuries.

Even though it is legal to buy, possess, and use consumer fireworks (1.4G) in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, there are some places you cannot use fireworks even in the unincorporated county. If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them, please be aware of the following:

A person may NOT

  • Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization; You must have the written permission with you at the site, and available for inspection by any peace officer or fire marshal. - 2154.251 (a)(1)
  • Sell at retail, explode, or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed. - 2154.251 (a)(2)
  • Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold - 2154.251 (a)(3)
  • Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle. - 2154.251 (a)(4)
  • Place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle. - 2154.251 (a)(5)
  • Use fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effects inside any building without a permit from the County Fire Marshal. - 2154.253 (b)  

Vendors needing more information or have questions on the current season, contact our office at 281-436-8000.



At the end of each fireworks season, the Fire Marshal creates a report analyzing the previous fireworks season.  Please visit our reports and statistics page to download a report.