Got your fireworks yet? There are just two opportunities each year to buy fireworks in Texas – near the 4th of July, and new New Year’s Eve. Business is good right now at local fireworks stands with the holiday fast approaching. Our own Leslie Reynolds offered tips on where to get the fireworks in a recent blog.

Even though there has been some recent moisture, it’s been another dry year and we shouldn't let the recent rain and snow give us a false sense of security, according to Texas A&M Forest Service officials. Fireworks and piles of dry leaves don’t mix.

Even those little hand-held sparklers can pose a problem if the sparks hit dry grass and leaves. Those in the know advise that you have a bucket of water handy so you can fully extinguish fireworks. And stay far away from buildings of course. And check for burn bans.

Almost no cities allow fireworks inside the city limits. That includes Tyler, so residents shouldn’t be hearing any pops. If you do, report them.

Fireworks will be on sale until January 1. Have a very happy new year!