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Commissioners to Make Fireworks Decision Tuesday

The Fourth of July is about two-and-a-half weeks away and Wichita County residents still do not know if fireworks will be allowed this year.
There are only a certain number of days each year when fireworks can legally be sold in Texas.

"New Year's, Cinco de Mayo, Texas Independence Day, says Kent Herzog with Fireworks Unlimited.

We all have our favorite types.

"The ones that chase you," Marcus Pardo says.

And reasons why we use them.

"Because they're fun to play with," Vicente Pardo says.

And there's one holiday period each year when fireworks sales really light up the sky.

"Independence Day is the biggest fireworks holiday in the United States," Herzog says. "It always has been and always will be."

Wichita County Commissioners will soon decide whether those sales will be allowed this year.

County residents say it's a risky decision.

Alan Liebl, a Wichita County resident, says, "I don't believe they should be. It's kind of a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. We're as dry as we've ever been in the last 40 to 50 years. I feel bad for the vendors, but that's kind of the nature of the game I think."

Lewis Morse, a Wichita County resident, says, "I don't think so because it's too dry and it's too dangerous. I don't think it's worth the risk."

Area kiddos are hoping for a different outcome.

"So we can have fun and shoot fireworks in the night so you can nice fireworks in the air," Marcus Pardo says.

As are fireworks dealers, who say our potential loss is someone else's gain.

"In 2011 when the county commissioners did prohibit the sale of fireworks, our little temporary location in Waurika, sales were up 600% there," Herzog says.

County commissioners are expected to make their decision at Tuesday's meeting.

County Judge Woody Gossom says the recommendation on the table is similar to last year's: that county residents be allowed to use fireworks on private property with permission of the landowner as long as certain precautions are taken.
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