TEMPLE, Texas — The City of Temple wants residents to remember that as the holidays approach, fireworks are illegal in the city and neighboring areas.
According to the city, fireworks can aggravate PTSD, especially in veterans and first responders. The city says fireworks can also cause panic in pets, farm animals and wildlife.
“Temple is a community that truly cares about its neighbors. And one in seven residents are veterans. Let’s support those who served our country, help our community stay safe from unintentional burns and property damage, and follow the law by welcoming in 2022 without fireworks," Fire Chief Mitch Randles said.
In addition to their impact on people and property, the city says fireworks can have devastating effects on animals as lost pet reports skyrocketing during the holidays.
The Temple Animal Shelter suggests that residents keep their dogs and cats indoors on New Year’s Eve and avoid the risk of animals panicking and escaping.
Police Chief Shawn Reynolds stated that even though fireworks sales are legal in Bell County, it remains against the law to sell, possess or set off fireworks within the city limits.
“Temple PD will be adding patrols on New Year’s Eve and asks everyone to celebrate safely and legally. Make sure you have a sober driver, be especially aware of others on the road, and please take a pass on the fireworks," the police chief stated.