Monday, June 27, 2011

Drought Affects Independence Day celebrations

Extreme heat, lack of rain, and high winds have forced Wichita County and a few surrounding counties to consider issuing burn bans and also ban the use or sale of any fireworks as well as all July fourth celebrations. Unfortunately, that doesn't sit too well for the local firework's stand that was supposed to open on Friday June 24, but because of current conditions, they will remain closed until July 5.

Along with Wichita County, these are the counties that have banned the sale and use of fireworks: Hardeman, Young, Wilbarger, Archer, and Baylor Counties. Montague County has issued a Decclaration of Disaster and banned the use of fireworks. Clay County has limited their ban to the use not the sale of fireworks. Jack County is considering a burn ban, Declaration of Disaster, and banning the sale, use, and possession of fireworks in incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. Throckmorton has no restrictions for the sale of fireworks for Independence Day Celebrations. Hardeman, Clay, and Throckmorton all have outdoor burn bans.

While Wichita Falls will not have any fireworks displays on July 4, the Fourth in the Falls has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend Saturday, September 3. In 2007, the opposite occurred because of the flooding. Which delayed the 4th in the Falls until Labor Day weekend that time.

Anyone violating their county's restrictions could face up to a $500 fine and receive a Class C misdemeanor.













http://texomashomepage.com/ fulltext/?nxd_id=134117&shr= addthis
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/14944328/fireworks- and-burn-bans
http://texomashomepage.com/libraries/nxd/media/?data=media_player&v=540997

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