Over the weekend the Lubbock Police Department issued a press release asking all citizens in Lubbock to comply with the law and not set off fireworks within the city limits. According to the Lubbock Police, every year they are inundated with calls about fireworks. The LPD press release stated that "LPD’s already limited resources during one of our busiest times of year are always challenged by the tens of thousands of typically law abiding citizens who simply refuse to obey this particular law during this most patriotic holiday time".

As you can tell from that sentence alone, a lot of people simply ignore the law regarding fireworks in Lubbock.

The Lubbock Police Department's press release asked that all citizens comply with the law. And for those of you who call the police to report firework activity, you may not be a priority.

We ask that citizens voluntarily comply with their city’s law and not engage in illegal activities this Independence Day, including the illegal possession and use of fireworks in our city.  Our officers will continue to respond to emergency and priority calls for service as well as patrol for and enforce the fireworks ordinance whenever possible throughout the holiday time frame.

We encourage citizens to report issues related to fireworks on our non-emergency number at (806) 775-2865 rather than calling 911 unless a true emergency is occurring.

To sum up. Yes, fireworks in Lubbock are illegal. LPD call volume goes sky high on and around Independence Day. And finally, if you call the police on your neighbors because they are setting off fireworks, don't expect them to show up in 10 minutes.

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