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The City of Mesquite urges residents to celebrate safely this Independence Day. Residents are reminded that it is illegal to possess or use fireworks, or discharge firearms within city limits. Punishment ranges from $500 to $4,000 depending on the offense, with the illegal discharge of a firearm also carrying the possible penalty of up to one year in jail. In response to last year’s high-volume of service calls related to these offenses, Police and Fire staffing levels will be increased during peak violation times to allow for greater enforcement efforts. To report violations, call non-emergency police dispatch at 972-216-6759.
In addition, please do not call 911 unless there is a life-threatening emergency and immediate help is required from police, fire or paramedics. Non-emergency calls related to fireworks and the illegal discharge of firearms have historically overloaded 911 call centers during the July 4th holiday. This interferes with emergency assistance and response times, which could cost someone their life. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a national average of 230 people visit the emergency room each day as a result of fireworks-related injuries during the month surrounding Independence Day. Surprisingly, 19 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by sparklers, which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees.