Fireworks

For some, nothing rings in the new year better than shooting off fireworks. 

Jesse Williams, owner of Precision Fireworks LLC, said during a Christmas Day interview with the Register that fireworks sales for the New Year's Eve holiday began Thursday, Dec. 20 and end at midnight on Jan.1, 2019. 

Williams said while his company is primarily a commercial display company, they do have four retail locations, including one in Era at Farm-to-Market Road 922 and Highway 51.

"Generally our NYE sales are about 30-40 percent of what we did throughout July 4th sales," Williams said while mentioning that the dry conditions residents faced this summer had an impact on sales.

However, thanks to recent rainfall, Williams believes consumers might be willing to celebrate 2019 with a bang. 

If shooting off fireworks sounds appealing, be sure to brush up on where it's safe to shoot.

Cooke County Fire Marshal Ray Fletcher said it’s legal to shoot fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county. He suggests that everyone check with their local municipality before putting on a dazzling show of light.

It is unlawful for “any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks” in Gainesville, according to the city’s code of ordinances.

Offenders could face a fine of up to $2,000 for each offense. 

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