Just a reminder: Local residents must refrain from selling or shooting fireworks this Fourth of July.
Back in June, Hutchinson County Judge Faye Blanks issued a Declaration of Disaster that will prohibit the sale or use of fireworks. This disaster declaration was signed and approved by Texas Governor Perry Friday, and will be in effect until 7 a.m. July 5, 2011.
Those caught violating the declaration face the possibility of a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail. Hutchinson County will be upping patrols to push the fireworks ban.
I hope people can find an alternative way to celebrate the Fourth of July,â€ť Richards said. â€śWe've never done this before. This is all new to us.â€ť
Even after the declaration expires, the county will still remain under a burn ban.
Officials will promote education and fire safety, and are asking for the cooperation of the community in abiding by this declaration.
â€śWe've never had a complete ban on fireworks, but this is the year.â€ť Richards said.