At Chuck’s Firework’s stand they let their customers know its illegal to pop fireworks inside Lubbock city limits in 2012.
Before their customers purchase fireworks they said they ask, “Where are you popping?”
“Just make sure you pop them outside the city,” said Cade Meradith with the stand, “we don’t want the cops to come there.”
He said they warn all customers.
“We live out side of town, so we take them and pop them out side of town,” said a customer.
“Out in the country, usually north of town,” said another customer.
These folks said they know it’s against the city ordinance, but Sergeant Jonathan Stewart with the Lubbock Police Department said some people may have forgotten.
“We had about 138 calls about fireworks,” he said, and those numbers were just from the weekend.
He said during this time of year, LPD is constantly responding and receiving calls of people illegally popping fireworks.
“Anyone found in possession or using is subject to a ticket and the fine for that is $1,000,” he said.
Sergeant Stewart said the ordinance is in place to avoid people from starting fires and causing personal injuries.
“Sure, by our house quite a bit yesterday,” said Evan Easley, after he was asked if he’s heard fireworks being set off in the city.
He said they pop fireworks because it’s fun for everyone.
“I like the big exploding ones.”
“The loud ones, I really don’t like them.”
There’s a firework for everyone.
“They make big noises.”
But Sergeant Stewart said to make sure the popping is done in the county.
Keep in mind it is illegal to even possess fireworks inside city limits.