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Galveston County
Galveston County Judge's Office
News Release
Friday, July 01, 2011

County Judge Mark Henry will ban the sale of all fireworks in unincorporated Galveston County effective noon Saturday and continuing through midnight Monday.

“It does not appear that we will receive significant rain before the holiday weekend,” Judge Henry said, “so I believe this is a prudent step to help protect lives and property and to reduce the likelihood of fires over what looks to be a beautiful and busy weekend.”

The fireworks ban, issued under the authority of Chapter 418 of the Government Code, will prohibit the sale, dispensing, or use of all fireworks in unincorporated areas of Galveston County.  The fireworks ban will begin at noon on Saturday, July 2, and remain in effect through midnight July 4.

However, the fireworks ban will not affect public displays of fireworks that are permitted and conducted in accordance with state law.

The unincorporated areas include all of Bolivar Peninsula; the San Leon-Bacliff-Bayshore area; the northeastern side of Dickinson; the Alta Loma area around Santa Fe; Freddiesville, south of Hitchcock; and Original Bayou Vista.

A violation of the fireworks ban will be a Class C misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine up to $500.

Unincorporated areas of Galveston County have been under an outdoor burn ban since April 26, and the outdoor burn ban remains in effect.  As well, the order prohibiting “missiles with fins” and “rockets with sticks” has been in effect for unincorporated areas since June 7, and will remain in effect after the holiday.

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