Brown County Commissioners decided Monday not to prohibit the aerial fireworks that had been banned due to dry conditions in recent years. But that doesn’t lift the necessity for consumers to use those fireworks with caution and courtesy.
Texas law allows the sale of consumer fireworks during specific times around New Year’s and Independence Day, but county government can restrict the types of fireworks based on local conditions. Drought has been an issue in much of Texas for several years, and while many lakes are reporting lake levels that are significantly down – if not dangerously so – fall rains have at least replenished the moisture levels in pastures. Given those conditions, burn bans were lifted throughout much of the state, as well as in Brown County, and commissioners here concluded there’s no need to put restrictions on fireworks in place. Of course, bans continue within incorporated cities.
Just because the danger of starting fires with fireworks is reduced doesn’t mean the danger of injury is lessened. Eye injuries are the most common, and small burns are also possible. Some of the fireworks available to the public are quite sophisticated. It’s always prudent to have responsible adults supervising the use of fireworks, so everyone can start the year on a happy note.