Wichita Falls, Texas- With the Fourth of July approaching, city leaders would like to remind the public that it is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks inside the city limits of Wichita Falls.
Lighting off fireworks inside city limits is punishable by a fine of up to $2000.00. This ordinance is in place to help protect individuals from potential injury and property from damage caused by the use of fireworks.
To further remind citizens the City's Traffic Engineering Division has put in place 26 warning signs at various access points into the City limits. These signs read: "Possession and Discharge of Fireworks Prohibited Fines up to $2000."
It is prohibited to use fireworks in and along City owned property at Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo, including along Hippie Beach, and all public boat loading docks.
It is also illegal to light off fireworks on a public roadway. So those who would like light fireworks on roadways outside of city limits should not do so, or face a fine.
Officials also advise that those who do light fireworks where it is legal to do, should pick up their trash afterward.
Sheppard Air Force Base is inviting area residents to enjoy a patriotic day of live music, food, a fireworks display, children's activities and more, during Freedom Fest, Saturday, July 4th at Sheppard Air Force Base, beginning at 3:30pm.
Parking and entrance to the event are free. People who wish to participate in the event are asked to enter through the hospital gate entrance off of Burkburnett Road. A wide variety of food and drinks will be available for purchase.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All persons entering the base are subject to search. The following items are prohibited for this event:
- Large bags
- Knives, Guns and any other personal protection items such as tasers or pepper spray