Will fireworks be allowed on the Fourth of July?
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:10:17 GMT —
Just about this time every year, the debate about using fireworks in the area begins.
This year, it's getting even more attention because of the wording being used by Potter County Commissioners.
Most people think of major displays when it comes to fireworks, but for Randy Carthel, President of the Amarillo Firework Dealer's Association, these fireworks, the ones people drive out into the county to buy and shoot off are his bread and butter, and for it to be reported by some that there was an all out "ban" has him upset.
"The word "ban" is not used in the commissioners court order, it's "restricted" and what they're doing is restricted us from selling things like pop bottle rockets which are probably our most fire hazard product we sell and the finned rockets," he said.
He also says because the Texas Forest Service has not declared extreme drought conditions, he thinks the partial ban ordered by at least Potter County Commissioners should be reconsidered.
"We're not going to argue that," added Carthel. "We're just going to leave out the sticks and fins and there's plenty of fireworks for everyone and they can have a good time and celebrate the 4th and we can do our business."
County Attorney Dave Kemp says when the ordinance passed, Potter County was considered to be in a drought, but recent rains might have changed that, and ti will be up to Potter County Commissioners or the County Judge to decide at their next meeting.
However, The real kicker may come after you buy your fireworks. Anyone caught possessing ANY type of fireworks inside Amarillo's city limits faces strong fines, says Sgt. Brent Barbee with Amarillo police.
"The (county) ordinance doesn't really matter to us, because it's part of our municipal code. If you're caught with any fireworks inside the city limits, you face up to a $2,000 dollar fine."