Criminal Outdoor Burning

Overview

Illegal burning is always a criminal violation. Depending on the “elements” of the fire, it can be a felony.

Appliances, such as chimneas, gas and charcoal grills, may be used in such a manner so they do not endanger the life or property of others.

No person shall use any permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, chimnea, outdoor fireplace, grill or other device for the disposal of rubbish, trash or combustible material.
You can be cited for “Prohibited Open Burning” if you are found in violation of the above ordinance.
In recent years the scrap pay-out of copper metal has greatly increased. This has caused an influx in the theft of copper wire as well as the burning of copper wire to quickly remove the insulation. This is illegal and can be a health hazard!
Call 911 if you see this occurring

The following laws do apply for burning copper wire:

Felony Outdoor Burning
Intentional/Knowing + Knowing Endangerment

TWC Sec. 7.183: Intentional of knowing emission of air contaminant and knowing endangerment

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly, with respect to the person’s conduct, emits an air contaminant with the knowledge that the person is placing another person in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury unless the emission is in strict compliance with Chapter 382, Health and Safety Code, or a permit, variance, or order issued or a rule adopted by the commission.

Felony Outdoor Burning
Reckless

TWC Sec. 7.182: Reckless emission of air contaminant and endangerment

A person commits an offence if the person recklessly, with respect to the person’s conduct, emits an air contaminant that places another person in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, unless the emission is made in strict compl compliance with Chapter 382, Health and Safety Code, or a permit, variance, or order issued or a rule adopted by the commission.

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