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Fireworks Sales Begin Tuesday As Local City Could Ban Popular Type

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:42 AM CDT
Starting Tuesday, you'll be able to buy fireworks just in time for next week's July 4th holiday and because of the recent rains, some sellers are expecting a record year. But on Tuesday night, one Central Texas city could be the latest to ban one popular type of firework that some say poses a safety risk.

Georgetown City council is expected to vote to add sparklers to its list of banned fireworks. It's expected to go through, and if it does Georgetown would be the first city in the Austin area to do this. Sparklers are part of Round Rock's fireworks ban. The city on its website says sparklers are "the biggest danger to children", with the temperature on the end able to reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and can easily burn kids. Sparklers are still legal in Austin, but even city officials warn they can still be "very dangerous."

Remember, you still can't buy, use, or even have most fireworks within and near many city's limits, including Austin, where the fine can cost you more than $500. In Round Rock, it's even higher at up to $1,000 in fines and/or six months in jail. In Cedar Park, it's up to $2,000 in fines.

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