KPD Reminds Community about the Fourth of July

The Killeen Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day tomorrow.  We also want to remind the public about the responsibility to celebrate safely and legally.

  • Fireworks are illegal to discharge within city limits and it shall be unlawful for any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks within the corporate limits of the city and within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of five thousand (5,000) feet, unless such area is within the corporate limits of another municipality.  Any person in violation may be charged with a class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $2,000.00. The use of fireworks can put an unnecessary strain on police and fire departments.
  • Fireworks are dangerous and citizens should to understand the associated risks, which can include burns, injuries, fire and even death.  Leave the fireworks to professionals and enjoy one of the area shows.
  • Pets and Fireworks don’t mix.  The animal shelter has an influx of animals after the holiday because pets are left unattended and they become frightened or disoriented from the noise.  Remember to keep your pets in an escape-proof home, as many can jump over or dig under a fence in their panic from the noise.  Make sure your pet is micro-chipped.
  • Loud, unexpected noises such as fireworks may affect combat veterans suffering with PTSD.

 

Please celebrate safely and responsibly.

 

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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