Commissioners vote to regulate and restrict 4th of July fireworks

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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WEBB COUNTY, Tex. (KGNS) - Fourth of July is just around the corner but celebrations may have to take a step back. Although Independence Day is one of the most popular celebrations, many here at home may have to change their tradition a bit.

On Monday, June 13, Webb County commissioners ordered to regulate and restrict fireworks for the Fourth of July. The decision comes after many days of dry weather and high winds.

Fire officials say this can easily lead to wildfires caused by fireworks. Fire Chief Ricardo Rangel for the Webb County Fire Department says, “We’re asking that everyone please restrict themselves from using all these aerial [fireworks]. We’ve had a very dry summer -- drought, no rain. Our winds have been at 28 to 30 miles an hour and it’s a fire potential and we would like to avoid any fires for the safety of the public.”

The ban restricts fireworks known as “skyrockets with sticks” and “missiles with fins.” Rangel says, “we have had very good response from the community. Everybody has become very responsible and aware that there has been many fires that have hurt many people, neighbors, and family members who have lost their homes due to wildfires that have gotten out of control because of dry season, lack of rain, and high winds.”

Officials say the use fireworks can not only start a fire but hurt you, your loved ones, or damage property. Anyone caught can face a fine of up to $500.

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