BEAUMONT — Just a reminder: if anyone is caught setting off fireworks in their neighborhood tonight, the price may be higher than expected.
The City of Beaumont's prosecutor told 12News that a person cited for fireworks faces a fine between $200 to $2,000.
Setting off fireworks is illegal within the city limits of every city in Texas, according to a Dallas Morning News article from June 2017. Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange as well as other cities have ordinances against those types of celebrations.
Beaumont Fire-Rescue reminded the community in a Facebook post on New Year's Eve that fireworks should be left to the professionals inside the city limits of Beaumont.
"Possession or use without a permit is not legal in the city limits," Capt. Jimmy Blanchard said.
Beaumont city code article 8.03 states:
"It shall be unlawful for any person to give away, sell, offer or expose for sale, or have in possession with intent to give away, sell or to use, discharge or cause to be discharged, ignited, fired or otherwise set in action, or to possess with the intent to discharge or cause to be discharged, ignited, fired or otherwise set in action, within the limits of the city, any fireworks, firecrackers, rockets, sparklers, torpedoes, Roman candles, fire-balloons or other fireworks or substances of any combination whatsoever designed or intended for pyrotechnic display, except as hereinafter provided. (1958 Code, sec. 23-10; 1978 Code, sec. 18-1)"
Apartment leasing offices also asked residents to follow local ordinances. Mosaic Apartments in Beaumont sent an email reminder to their tenants.
We would like to inform of a few reminders as you enjoy the holiday weekend.
As your city ordinance states, you are not allowed to pop any fireworks or set off any firearms. Please make sure any guests that come visit you over the holiday also follow these community policies and parking rules. All violators will be held accountable and possibly fined.
If you should have any maintenance emergency service request, please be sure to report them through your resident portal.
Have a safe and happy holiday!