Fireworks in Leander
Fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Leander.
Even though it is legal to buy, possess and use consumer fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County, no person may possess, keep, store, sell, offer for sale, give away, use, receive, transport or manufacture any explosives or fireworks within the fire limits or boundaries of the City of Leander as defined in the city's Code of Ordinances, sec. 5.04.004.
If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them, please refer to Texas Fireworks Safety or the National Council in Fireworks Safety websites for information on safe and responsible use of fireworks. These websites also offer valuable tips, statistics, State laws and current news. In addition, stay clear of homes, storage buildings and other structures when igniting fireworks. To avoid grass fires, be sure to avoid dry grass, brush or other debris that can easily be ignited. Be safe!
Williamson County has created an interactive map to assist in determining the firework regulations in your area. To search your area for the latest information, please see the Williamson County Firework Ordinance Map or explore the map at the bottom of this page.
In 2018, an annual report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated five people died and over 9,000 sustained injuries (PDF) serious enough to require emergency medical care after a firework-related incident. Over 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 36% of the injuries. While the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,000 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Sparklers are hot, reaching temperatures of nearly 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to data provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (JPG), sparklers account for more than 25% of firework-related injuries requiring an emergency room visits. Approximately half of all sparkler-related injuries reported each year involve children under the age of 5 years old.
Additionally, fireworks cause an average of 19,500 fires each year, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and nearly 17,100 outside and other fires.