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Certain fireworks banned due to wildfire risk

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With New Year's around the corner it has fire officials on high alert. They say the dry windy conditions and certain types of fireworks are the perfect ingredients for disaster.

At American Fireworks in Bastrop County, you can find quite the selection of fireworks including Roman Candles, sparklers and artillery shells. However, if you're looking for skyrockets on sticks or missiles with fins, manager Glenn Davis says you won't find any.

The reason is because they are banned in most counties throughout Central Texas, including Burnett, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

"The idea and the principle behind all of these items is when the ball goes up and it bursts, it's high enough that by the time it and it falls to the ground all the embers are out," said Davis, talking about the artillery shells he has for sale at his stand along Highway 71.

Local firefighters say even though other fireworks aren't banned, common sense can't be forgotten.

"Any fire that really gets going has a potential to grow quickly into a large fire," said Battalion chief Thayer Smith with Austin Fire Department.

Smith said if anyone notices any illegal activity that could start a fire, dial 3-1-1.

"In the city of Austin we don't want you using fireworks at all, simply because they are against city ordinance," said Smith. "We will have people available to respond if we do have complaints."

There is a $500 fine for anyone in possession of fireworks within the city limits of Austin. AFD is also asking residents to properly dispose of cigarettes and fireplace ashes.

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