HARLINGEN, Texas — Most Rio Grande Valley cities have cancelled this year’s 4th of July fireworks shows, so more people are buying their own.
“We are probably 75 percent higher in sales than we were this time last year on our opening day. We were so busy we had no idea.” said Chelsea Bode, Communications Director for Alamo Fireworks.
The increase in sales could mean more people planning on setting off fireworks in their backyards, the Harlingen Police Department said it is to be expected.
“Probably a higher percentage of people buying their own fireworks, having their gatherings and putting on their own personal fireworks shows because of the cancellation of the fireworks shows,” said Sergeant Larry Moore with the Harlingen Police Department.
Sgt. Moore said it is a violation of the city’s ordinance to set off fireworks. While they anticipate some not following the rules, officers will be patrolling the neighborhoods to stop the illegal use of fireworks.
“If they do see people in the middle of the street popping fireworks, officers will make contact with those people and they could possibly have their fireworks confiscated and they will be given a citation for city ordinance violation,” said Sgt. Moore.
He also adds people should not be firing their guns during 4th of July celebrations. Sgt. Moore hopes everyone will follow the city’s orders and continue to social distance during the pandemic.
Those caught violating the city’s ordinance could face a fine of up to $500.