Fourth of July Firework Safety

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi Fire Department is reminding the community that possessing or discharging fireworks inside the City limits, including the beach, is illegal. If cited, you could be fined up to $2,000 per package of fireworks.

The phone number to report the illegal discharge of fireworks is 361-886-COPS (2677). Please do not call 911 for fireworks complaints.

Citizens are encouraged to visit one of the professional fireworks displays occurring throughout the city.

If you choose to discharge fireworks outside the City limits, the following Fireworks Safety Facts can enhance safety:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
  • Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Only use fireworks away from people, houses, and flammable material.
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Never ignite devices in a container.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding them.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.

To keep pets safe and calm during fireworks, it's important to take a few precautions:

  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, and fireworks away from pets; keep them comfortable and close to you.
  • Before the fireworks begin, take your pets for a walk and have their favorite toy ready.
  • Play soothing music to keep them calm.
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped in case they become separated from you.

For additional information, contact the City Fire Marshal’s Office at 361-826-3930. For media inquiries, contact Senior Public Information Officer Gabriela Morrow at 826-3583 or email    

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