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Fireworks prohibited in the City of Amarillo

Amarillo, TX - Firework sales are now underway. While Randall and Potter County allow fireworks, inside the City of Amarillo they are prohibited.

"You can purchase them outside the city limits, they can be discharged outside the city, out in the county providing you have permission from that home owner or that land owner but you can not pop them or use them inside the city limits at all." says Corporal Jerry Neufeld, Amarillo Police Department.

This means any possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks within city limits can result in a $2,000 fine. Randall and Potter County do not have a firework ban-- but Potter County Court Attorney David Kemp says even though there is not a ban, be careful where you choose to pop fireworks. "Just be careful, I think if everyone uses common sense, it's still pretty dry in some places of the county, so please be careful." says Kemp.

Last year APD issued 27 citations for firework violations. Police say the safer bet is to just go to an organized local firework show. "Go to these places and enjoy their fireworks, you don't have to worry about a fine or anything like that and not spend your own money, not to mention the purchase of the fireworks, if you spend two or three hundred dollars in fireworks, bring them back inside the city and you look at a fine of up to two thousand dollars, that's a pretty expensive 4th of July." says Corporal Neufeld.

The Amarillo Police Department plans to have extra officers on duty for the holiday.

The "Fireworks Amnesty Program" is still available for persons that would like to voluntarily have their fireworks safely disposed of them.

Residents may also request the disposal of small arms ammunition, primers, powder and propellants. The number for the 24 hour recorder is: (806) 378-9092. The caller should provide a name, telephone number and address. An officer will contact the caller to schedule a pick up. All surrendered items will be properly disposed of in accordance with the City of Amarillo Fire Code and agency policy/procedure.

Persons should not transport the items. An officer will provide pick up of items at their current location.
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