Fourth of July is just around the corner and that means fireworks. Fireworks stands are opening their doors for the holiday. Fireworks are fun when used correctly and that means not within the city limits. The Amarillo Police Department along with the Amarillo Fire Marshal's office want to remind you that it is illegal to have fireworks in the city.

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If you are caught with fireworks in the city limits you are looking at a fine of up to $2,000.  This law includes possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling or using fireworks in the city limits.

This isn't a new ordinance for the city, in fact, this ordinance has been in effect for over 30 years.

You are allowed to have the novelty items like the poppers and snaps, those items activated by a string in the city limits.  Those are not considered fireworks.

The Amarillo Police Department will have extra officers on duty during this season to respond to fireworks calls and enforce the law.

In 2015, over 40 citations were issued for fireworks violations, that included 23 for possession and 17 for discharging.

Don't have fireworks in the city limits, a fine or destroying your home or your neighbor's home with a rouge firework isn't worth it.

The city does offer a Fireworks Amnesty Program.  This allows you to have your fireworks disposed of safely.  Not only does that cover fireworks, but you can have your small arms ammunition, primers, powder and propellants disposed of with this service.