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County Bans Sale and Use of Fireworks Before Independence Weekend

County Bans Sale and Use of Fireworks Before Independence Weekend
July 01
10:07 2022

With recent wildfires burning through the area, County Commissioner’s Voted to enact a ban against the sale and use of fireworks.

The ban will only last 60 hours but a request will be made to Governor Greg Abbott to extend the ban.

Many local firework vendors spoke to the court voicing their displeasure of a potential ban, but ultimately the court voted 4-1 to enact the ban. Commissioner Mike Reed voted against the ban

Knowing this ban would have financial impact for some made this a tough call.

“This is by far one of the most difficult calls we’ve had to make. It was a tough decision,” said Commissioner Gary Glover.

The county will be able to extend the ban beyond the 60 hours if the Governor approves the extension.

Almost 12,000 acres recently burned in Palo Pinto County when a wildfire started on the Rhodes Ranch just west of Mineral Wells costing the state almost $4 million in resources.

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