W.C. Residents Sound Comment on Fireworks Guidelines

There are nearly a dozen guidelines Wichita County officials have mandated for fireworks.

They include having written permission from a landowner, having someone 18 or older present as a spotter to look out for possible fires, have at least five gallons of water on site, not setting off fireworks if winds are 20 miles per hour or greater along with several more rules

But how familiar are fireworks users with these guidelines and are they likely to follow them?

Well, we headed out to a local fireworks stand to find out.

When the clock struck noon Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom signed an order requesting Governor Rick Perry to extend the county's fireworks guidelines.

"It reidentifies a disaster declaration for Wichita County which is the vehicle that then brings in the fireworks guidelines," Judge Gossom says.

There are ten guidelines that allow residents to set off fireworks in Wichita County and all must be followed.

We read those guidelines to shoppers at Russells Fireworks and one shopper isn't to happy with the new rules.

"That's just way too many rules. That's infringing on my rights and I don't like that," says Daniel Paniagua, a Wichita County resident.

But the guidelines weren't a problem for this shopper.

"We have private property but anything to keep the fires down is good but it's not hurting me any and we'll be prepared. We have a big party at my house so we're good to go. We'll have everything on this list and we'll have plenty of it," Rushing says.

Because if you are caught celebrating with a bang in the county and not following the fireworks guidelines county officials say be prepared.

"Then they need to have an extra $500 because it will be a Class C misdemeanor. They will be ticketed and they will appear in front of a judge," Judge Gossom explains.

Judge Gossom had already signed the fireworks guidelines but the order he signed today will extend them through July 31st, provided the governor approves it.

To view the Declaration of Disaster and Order Restricting the Use of All Fireworks in Wichita County click on the following link:


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