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Resident doesn't want fireworks in rural areas

By Brian Cuaron
June 27, 2011 at 1:27 a.m.


BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECTJudge Don Pozzi said the Victoria County burn ban remains in effect, despite the recent rainfall.

While the rain brought the Keetch-Byram Drought Index down from 700, it was already back up to 623 on Sunday, Pozzi said.

The drought index was 628 for Monday.

Pyro enthusiasts don't have to fear a Victoria County fireworks ban.

"We have not, nor will we ban the entire use of fireworks," Judge Don Pozzi said on Monday.

But that doesn't mean residents can light up their Fourth of July fireworks anywhere outside city limits, where fireworks are illegal. Pozzi added that it's illegal to light off fireworks on county road rights-of-way.

Neither is it OK to just go onto someone else's rural property to light off fireworks. One rural resident wants people to be especially aware of that.

"Fireworks are dangerous," said Ray Pilsner, who has lived in an unincorporated part of the county for 30 years.

He spoke at Monday's and last week's Victoria County Commissioner Court meetings. He has tried to persuade people not to light off their fireworks in the county's rural areas.

Pilsner said that he is concerned about fires from fireworks because of the county's dry conditions.

He said fireworks enthusiasts should have a continuous flow of water nearby so they can put out any fires. And if things do get out of hand, he said people should call 911.

"It's ridiculous to set a fire, run off and let other people have to deal with it," Pilsner said.

Pilsner said he'd prefer that people go to the fireworks display at the Victoria Mall, or light them off at Saxet Lake, where fire department personnel will be available.

Skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins, both aerial fireworks, were banned by the commissioners court earlier this month.

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