A press release from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that it is not illegal to use fireworks in unincorporated parts of Lubbock County.

The county’s partial fireworks ban does not exclude the use of all fireworks, but only bottle rockets and missiles with fins.

The County reminds citizens of fireworks safety tips.

  • Obey local fireworks laws.
  • Don’t buy fireworks in brown paper packaging, as those are often made for professional displays and can be dangerous to consumers.
  • Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels, or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Have a cell phone available to call 911 if a wild land fire is ignited by fireworks.
  • Do not hold lit fireworks other than sparklers.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person, animal, or vehicle.
  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers, as the container may shatter.
  • Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.
  • Sparklers burn at a temperature near 2,000 degrees and the wire and sticks of sparklers will stay hot long after it has gone out. Never toss sparklers on the ground, but rather put them directly into a bucket of water.

Also, use of fireworks after midnight may be considered as a disturbance of the peace, based on the factor of loud and unreasonable noise standards.

Anyone with questions is urged to contact the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office at 775-1600.