Those in Brown County outside the city limits can celebrate New Year's with a bang - even sky rockets - if they so choose.
For the first time in a long while the county will not have any restrictions on aerial fireworks over the New Year's holiday. That means, the often disallowed aerial "missiles with fins and skyrockets with sticks" may be sold, purchased and set off in rural Brown County. The cities of Bangs, Blanket, Brownwood and Early have ordinances against all forms of fireworks within the city limits.
At Monday's Commissioners Court meeting, Brown County Judge Ray West said by state code, the court is required to make the determination before Dec. 15 whether or not there will be a ban, but also, the court cannot randomly make a ban unless there is a perceived "imminent threat or danger."
If however, Brown County had been currently classified as being in a severe drought stage, as would be indicated by the Keetch Byram Drought Index, then the ban would have been expected. Even so, the standard ban only applies to aerial fireworks, "missiles with fins or rockets on sticks," that send off sparks that could start grassfires.
A vote by commissioners would have been required if a ban would have needed to be invoked. Since there was agreement not to have a ban, no action was taken.
Once again having "possible burn ban" on the agenda seemed to be the magic words. Rains throughout last week have made conditions such that commissioners agreed there does not need to be a burn ban for now.
The court will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Brown County Courthouse for its last session of the month and for the year.