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    News Article | July 20, 2022

    Fireworks/Burn Ban

    Legal Guidance

    "According to the Keetch-Byrum Drought Index, our county remains in a drought. Not only do we still need to be under a burn ban, but we also believe allowing the sale of fireworks for Christmas and New Year's would be reckless. Our commissioners court wants to prohibit the sale of fireworks this season. When should we act?"

    When can the commissioners court regulate holiday season fireworks?

    Local Government Code §352.051 authorizes the commissioners court to adopt an order regulating fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county if drought conditions exist. The statute provides that the order must be adopted before Dec. 15 of each year for the Christmas and New Year’s Day fireworks season (Dec. 20-Jan. 1).