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Don't forget firework safety on New Year's Eve

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 30 2013 04:35:10 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2013 07:26:35 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Remember these tips to make sure your 2014 starts out on a safe note.

Even though we've seen more moisture over the last few weeks, have a water hose handy to put out any grass fires that spark up.

Have an adult present and never leave children unsupervised with fireworks.

Never throw or point fireworks at anyone and only use them outside.

If you get a "dud" don't re-light it. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and douse it in water.

And if you're planning on shooting off fireworks inside Abilene city limits, think again.

Shooting fireworks off within city limits is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

We spoke with Taylor County Sheriff, Ricky Bishop to find out where you're free to set of firecrackers.

"In the county, you have to have the landowner's permission and shoot them off on private property. You cannot shoot from the roadways or any of the public right of ways" says Bishop.

If you're caught setting of fireworks in the street, you can be given a citation for a Class C Misdemeanor and your fireworks could be confiscated.