Most commissioners court on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast have prohibited the sale and use of fireworks in unincorporated areas of their counties, due to the extended drought and the fire hazard that fireworks causes. Galveston County Commissioners Court, which is alone in allowing fireworks at this time, did not address the issue at today’s meeting.
“Right now we have a ban on sticks and fins, as you know, “ said Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, in an interview with Guidry News Service. “The KBDI (Keetch-Byram drought index) is about 50 points lower than Harris County.” Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Henry said that he will continue to monitor the index and is prepared to declare an emergency to prohibit sales over the weekend, if necessary.
Galveston County Fire Fighters Association President Michael Wisko, agrees that Galveston’s KBDI is not as dire as neighboring counties, but is concerned that fireworks are continuing to be sold in the county. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“Obviously the judge has the ability to declare a ban on all fireworks,” Wisko said, after today’s commissioners court meeting. “We are just asking him to consider doing that; because right now they are able to sell them. So everybody is going to buy them now and have them for the weekend.”