What is legal and where can I go to shoot off fireworks?

It is legal to discharge fireworks on your private property or on private property of another with the owner’s permission in the unincorporated areas of Collin County. This rule does not supersede a city’s ability to regulate the discharge of fireworks within 5,000 feet of their city limits.

 Municipalities and Lakes

Most cities have ordinances prohibiting the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks within their city limits. Some larger cities can enforce certain ordinances within their extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and may include the possession and discharge of fireworks. If you reside within the ETJ of a city in Collin County, please check with that city prior to discharging fireworks in their ETJ.

Possession and or discharge of fireworks on U.S. Corps of Engineer Property is illegal. This includes most parks and property adjoining Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard.

Always seek permission from landowners prior to discharging fireworks on private property.

 Prohibited Use of Fireworks

  1. To explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any
    • church,
    • a hospital other than a veterinary hospital,
    • an asylum,
    • a licensed child care center,
    • or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization;
  2. To sell at retail, explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed or 300 feet from above ground tanks;
  3. To explode or ignite fireworks within 300 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold;
  4. To ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle;
  5. To place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle;
  6. Retail fireworks stand operators cannot sell or offer to sell fireworks to children under the age of 16.

*Violation of fireworks rules may result in a fine of up to $500 per occurrence

 Safety Tips

  • Use fireworks outdoors in a safe area, away from dry grass and buildings
  • Follow the directions on the fireworks package carefully, with close adult supervision
  • Keep a bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby
  • Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water
  • Use common sense

 Retail Fireworks Permit Information

The office of the Collin County Fire Marshal requires all retail fireworks stands in unincorporated Collin County to have a Retail Fireworks Permit, issued by our office. This permit is an additional permit to that which is required by the State of Texas.

There is a $100 operational permit fee per stand.

New and Existing vendors must submit the required application, corresponding documents and the required fee for each stand for summer sales and for winter sales.

Once we have received all required materials, an initial inspection of the stand(s) will be conducted. After the initial inspection and prior to the sales period a final inspection will be conducted and a permit will be issued for the stand(s). This permit must be placed in a visible location.

Several random inspections may take place throughout the seasonal sales period at which time if violations are found, appropriate action will be taken to ensure compliance.

Our office will enforce the laws of the State of Texas in regards to fireworks stands. These laws have been created to protect both the employees of the stand and the general public.

Review the inspection checklist for more information.

 Retail Fireworks Permit Inspection List

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Sell/store fireworks <100’ from storage and dispensing of flammables or <300’ from above ground tanks.
Adequate off road parking provided.
NO SMOKING signs at least 4" letters, posted.
Trash or cardboard boxes within 10' of stand.
High grass/weeds within 10' of stand.
Suitable lock to prevent unauthorized entry when closed.
Electrical service installed in accordance to NEC & AHJ.
Pedestrian/Traffic barrier required in front of stand (10 feet).
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Sell illegal fireworks e.g. bottle rockets, M-80's.
Fireworks do not conform to USCPS Labeling.
No fireworks being discharged within 300 feet from fireworks stand.
At least one sign that reads as follows, with 4 inch letters on a contrasting background, shall be conspicuously posted on the exterior of each side of the fireworks stand: NO FIREWORKS DISCHARGED WITHIN 300 FEET.
Displayed fireworks within reach of customer.
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Permit for each retail stand not connected.
Operator at least 18YOA on duty.
Smoking inside or within 10' of stand.
Operator consuming or under influence of alcohol.
No fireworks sold or offered to children under 16YOA.
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Generator at least 10' from stand.
High grass, weeds, trash near generator.
6 BC extinguisher on site for generator.
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Egress clear.
Correct number of egress doors (>16' two doors).
Egress doors open outward and unlocked when stand opened.
At least one 2A10BC extinguisher shall be provided.
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Main disconnect.
Drop cords and extension cords being used.
Electrical installation in accordance with NEC and AHJ.
Heat or light source with open flames.
Current "Green Tag" (see Development Services for information).
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Selling from single/multifamily structure.
Selling fireworks from tent or motor vehicle.