The “no skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins” ban on fireworks through the Fourth of July was approved by a narrow margin Monday in Brown County Commissioners Court.
That means in all unincorporated areas of the county, fireworks that are “sky rockets with sticks and missiles with fins” cannot be sold or used, anywhere within the county. The incorporated cities of Bangs, Brownwood and Early have ordinances that do not allow any fireworks of any kind within the cities’ limits.
“This is substantially the same ordinance as in previous years,” said Brown County Judge Ray West, “and it is the definition handed down by the state.”
West contended that the “stick and fin” definitions of what would not be allowed were only a small portion of fireworks and may not include the most dangerous or flammable. In fact, West said, the ban does not include Roman candles, which expel “balls of fire.”
Precinct 1 Commissioner Steve Adams led the discussion against having the ordinance, saying the vendors may have already ordered their stock, and he did not want to restrict their sales.
“I don’t know that we’ve had a problem with grassfires on the Fourth of July because of those certain restrictions,” Adams said.
“That may just mean the ordinance is working,” West said.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Traweek asked for clarification, wanting to make sure the ban would not limit the “big” fireworks shows in Bangs or Feather Bay, and was told that those were not considered in the same category as personal use and would, of course, be allowed.
Selling or using the prohibited “skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins” is considered a Class C misdemeanor.
In other action Monday, commissioners approved speed limits on two county roads in Precinct Four. On County Road 156, from where it intersects with County Road 178 south to the first corner, the speed limit will be posted as 35 mph; and on County Road 175, where it intersects with County Road 178 north to O.S. Highway 67/84 the posted speed limit will be 40 mph.
“I’ve been getting lots of calls on these,” Traweek said. “Folks need to slow down. There’s a lot of cars on these roads and they’re going too fast.”