Victoria County bans some aerial fireworks

Brian Cuaron

June 6, 2011 at 1:06 a.m.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court, on Monday, banned the sale or use of some aerial fireworks.

The ban includes skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins in the unincorporated area of Victoria County. The ban is due to an increased fire risk caused by the county's dry conditions.

Fire Marshal Ron Pray said the ban doesn't include mortars. He explained the mortars usually burn up completely while in the air, while parts of the other fireworks may catch fire on the ground after they're ignited.

Judge Don Pozzi said he doesn't anticipate the county banning all fireworks. For that to occur, Pozzi would have to make a disaster declaration with approval by the governor's office.

Pozzi said that the Keetch-Byram Drought Index would have to be more than 700 for the entire county for him to consider such a declaration.

He added that he would also look at the recent history of house and grass fires, as well as the conditions in surrounding counties and any recommendations that may come in.

The firework ban will be enforced by Pray, who will visit with fireworks vendors at the beginning of the fireworks season, which starts on June 24.

Pray said the county will open up Saxet Lake for fireworks on July 4.



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