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Harris County Fire Marshal's Office
News Release
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Harris County New Year's Fireworks

Harris County – The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) responded to numerous fireworks fires and injuries over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Across unincorporated Harris County, HCFMO responded to 12 fireworks related fires that resulted in in approximately $1.2 million in damages. HCFMO also responded to four fireworks related injuries.
“This fireworks season we saw an increase in fires that were caused by improperly discarded fireworks,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery. "Of the 12 fireworks related fires our office responded to, 7 of those fires were caused by improperly discarded fireworks.”
To help prevent these fires from occurring next fireworks season, HCFMO recommends soaking discarding fireworks in water and placing them in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible material.
The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for fire prevention, education, control and investigation in the unincorporated areas of Harris County.

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