Weekend Rain May Not Help the Possible Fireworks Ban

- Will the weekend rains in Wichita County make a ban or partial ban on fireworks for the Fourth of July less likely?

Officials say it's much too early to tell, and will depend on whether we get more rain before all the vegetation dries out.

Last month county leaders met with volunteer firefighters and fireworks vendors who disagreed over whether fireworks should be sold this year.

Volunteer fire officials say the wildfire threat is too great, but retailers say a ban would impact their bottom line, and they are doing what they can to make sure everyone stays safe this July 4th.

The rain this weekend has not changed this concern.

"It makes us all feel better, but quite frankly just from what I have gathered from watching this that two inches of rain will be gone by the fourth of July," Wichita County Judge Woody Gossum said.

Both sides believe a workable compromise can be reached on the issue. The county is expected to issue its fireworks decision on June 23rd.

And in Wilbarger County, commissioners have lifted the burn ban but will still ban certain types of fireworks this Fourth of July.

This is the fourth consecutive year Wilbarger County commissioners have banned rockets with sticks and missiles with fins.

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