Concern for public safety at root of longstanding ordinance
PROSPER – Every year throughout the country the careless, indiscriminate, and often illegal, use of retail fireworks results in tragic and irreversible consequences for both the user and, sadly, the innocent homeowner, says Prosper Fire Marshal Bryan Ausenbaugh. “Nationwide, the tragedies mount as we get closer to the Independence Day celebrations,” he said.
“While merchants are free to set up retail fireworks sales stands where allowed by law, it is still not legal to have those items in your possession within Prosper.”
Ordinance #00-13 makes it a misdemeanor offense to possess or discharge fireworks inside the Town limits and within the extra-territorial jurisdiction. The only fireworks allowed in Prosper are those set off by professionals with a valid permit, an inspection and proof of a bond. “If a person or persons are found in violation of this ordinance, they may be issued a citation,” added Ausenbaugh, the Town’s Fire Marshal. “They will then be required to appear in Municipal Court, and if found guilty, could face fines of up to $2,000 for each offense.”
A free fireworks display is scheduled for Frontier Park on the evening of July 3, concluding the second annual Pride in the Sky event. The event, sponsored by various local and area businesses including the Town of Prosper, is presented by Prosper Magazine.
The Prosper Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy July 4th holiday without retail fireworks. Contact the Fire Department at 972-346-9469 to view the fireworks ordinance.