Saxet Lakes open for New Year's Eve fireworks

Sonny Long

Dec. 27, 2011 at 6:27 a.m.

Saxet Lakes will be a safe place to pop fireworks on New Year's Eve.

The park - on Timber Drive between Fordyce Road and Fox Road off U.S. Highway 59 South - will be available for revelers to make some noise with their fireworks from 5:30 p.m. Saturday until 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said David Phillips, Victoria County assistant fire chief.

"Volunteer fire departments from around Victoria County, along with the Victoria County Fire Marshal's Office, will be standing by at the location for safety," he said.

It is illegal to discharge fireworks from a public roadway or on public property and fireworks of any kind are illegal inside the city limits of Victoria, Phillips said.

The city code prohibits not only the discharge of fireworks, but also the manufacture, transport or sale of fireworks within the city limits, as well as within 5,000 feet of the city limits, said Thomas Legler, city fire marshal.

"Even with the recent rains, there is still a significant fire danger, as well as the potential for injury," said Legler. "The Victoria Fire Department encourages everyone to be safe this New Year's Eve."

Violation of the city code carries a fine of up to $2,000 per violation and confiscation of fireworks, Legler said.

Fireworks stands in the county have been open since before Christmas and operators expect sales to pick up closer to New Year's Eve.

"We will be real busy starting about Thursday. Last year we almost sold completely out," said Sonya Gomez, working the stand on U.S. Highway 87 North near the Flying J RV Park. "We are selling a lot of gift packs and sparklers."

Gomez, who has worked the stand for about six years for extra money during the holidays, said toy tanks that are new to the stand this year are also popular among the kids.

A variety of bottle rockets also continue to be top sellers, she said.

Aerial fireworks, also defined as "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins," are banned in Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad and Jackson counties.



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