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Mesquite, TX – January 9, 2018 – Today, the City of Mesquite announced six citations were issued to individuals for the illegal use or possession of fireworks, more than 34 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized and two individuals were arrested for celebratory gunfire in its community during the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend. In Mesquite, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks in the city limits. Fines range from $500 - $4,000. The illegal discharge of a firearm also carries the possibility of up to one year in jail.
The “Celebrate Safely with Family and Friends, Not Fireworks and Firearms” campaign featured special deployment teams consisting of police officers and firefighters patrolling in neighborhoods. The City used a variety of public education efforts, including signage throughout the community. The primary purpose of the campaign is to educate residents on the dangers of fireworks and shooting guns into the air.