No fireworks this Fourth of July

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,” Richards said. “We've never done this before. This is all new to us.” 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. “We've never had a complete ban on fireworks, but this is the year.” Richards said.