The 4th of July is quickly approaching and that means there will be those who think it's ok to shoot off their fireworks within the city limits.

Spoiler alert: it's illegal to ignite fireworks within the city limits of Abilene, Texas.

Another spoiler alert: it's also illegal to possess fireworks within the city limits of Abilene, Texas.

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I'm sure you already knew that, but a refresher is never a bad thing.

That number is actually the tipline for Abilene Police Department and you are asked to use that instead of calling 911.

So, if you hear fireworks being shot off in your neighborhood and want those "no-good kids and adults" to stop, then call the City of Abilene's Fireworks Hotline at 325-676-6598 to report them. That number is actually the tipline for Abilene Police Department and you are asked to use that instead of calling 911.

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Fireworks, this year, could prove to be costly, and possibly fatal, as our extremely dry conditions are perfect for wildfires. Following the Mesquite Heat Fires, we should all be very cognizant of the dangers of fire in our area.

Aside from the obvious, shooting off your fireworks within the city limits could prove to be troublesome for those who experience PTSD. It's also a cause more many stray/lost pets this time of year.

The fireworks scare the animals and they tend to run off. Couple that with an already-full animal shelter and you can understand the seriousness of the situation. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July.

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