The City of Princeton urges residents to celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve and Day. Residents are reminded that it is illegal to possess or use fireworks, or discharge firearms within city limits. Fines up to $2000 depending on the offense, with the illegal discharge of a firearm also carrying the possible penalty of up to one year in jail. 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 972-736-3555.

Please do not call 911 unless there is a life-threatening emergency and immediate help is required from the police, fire or paramedics. Non-emergency calls related to fireworks and the illegal discharge of firearms have historically overloaded 911 call centers during holidays. This interferes with emergency assistance and response times, which could cost someone their life. Be Safe! Happy New Year!

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“Fireworks” means a composition or device:

     (A) designed for entertainment to produce a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation; and

     (B) defined by 49 C.F.R. Section 173.56(j) (1996).

Yes. Sec. 30-71. – Fireworks a public nuisance.

The presence or use of any firework within the jurisdiction of the City of Princeton in violation of this article is hereby declared to be a misdemeanor as well as a common and public nuisance. The fire marshal is authorized and directed to seize and immediately cause to be safely destroyed any firework found within the jurisdiction or extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Princeton in violation of this article. Any member of the Princeton Fire Department or any police officer of the City of Princeton is empowered to stop the transportation of and detain any fireworks found being transported illegally or to close any building where any fireworks are found stored illegally until the fireworks can be safely destroyed.


(b)  A person may not manufacture, distribute, sell, or use fireworks in a public firework display without an appropriate license or permit.  Fireworks manufactured, distributed, sold, or used without an appropriate license or permit are illegal fireworks.