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Police begin Crackdown on Fireworks

"No tolerance means no tolerance. Because of the number of calls we know were gonna receive and the fire danger that goes along with this, we've got to have a zero tolerance with this," says Cpl. Jerry Neufeld "No tolerance means no tolerance. Because of the number of calls we know were gonna receive and the fire danger that goes along with this, we've got to have a zero tolerance with this," says Cpl. Jerry Neufeld

If you plan to shoot off fireworks this fourth of July ,the Amarillo Police Department wants you to know they are illegal to have inside the city limits.

Newschannel10's Tina Berasley reports on the rules and regulations surrounding Independence Day. Fireworks stands will soon be open to customers looking to celebrate the holiday, but police are now reminding those customers that fireworks bought here must stay here.

Aaron Babiash spends about 50 dollars a year on fireworks. Eventhough he lives and works in Amarillo, he ventures north of the city every July fourth to avoid breaking the law. He said "I usually go right outside the city limits on Western where there's all the brush, which kinda seems more dangerous than popping them off in town".

Aaron and his friends can buy fireworks stands located outside the city limits, but thats where the explosives must stay. The Amarillo Police Department says they will heavily enforce laws that keep the dangerous displays out of the city.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said "No tolerance means no tolerance. Because of the number of calls we know were gonna receive and the fire danger that goes along with this, we've got to have a zero tolerance with this. But we need the public's help. If you want to shoot the fireworks off you need to go outside the city". 

Just how stiff is the penalty? Well, if you violate the law you are subject to a Class C misdemeanor, and fines of up to 2 thousand dollars per violation.
   

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