BY ROBERT MORALES
What part of the words “banâ€ and “prohibitedâ€ do people not understand? Apparently, some people think that the word “banâ€ is a deodorant, and other people think “prohibitedâ€ means “to allow.â€
In any case, apparently some locals last week didnâ€™t get the memo that fireworks were prohibited, according to city ordinance and to a county resolution. In addition, a burn ban has been in effect for months because of the severe drought in our area. It is true that we received a moderate amount of rain last week, but that small of amount of rain will not erase our drought conditions.
These regulations are put in place for a reason, namely, for public safety. Itâ€™s common sense that the dry conditions weâ€™ve had in our area and other parts of Texas are conducive for a major catastrophe that could potentially make it impossible for our law enforcement and firefighters to control.
Most of us have fond memories of “popping firecrackersâ€ and other fireworks when we were kids. The Fourth of July is supposed to be a grand occasion for what it signifies.
However, when local governments have issued bans against using fireworks in the city limits, itâ€™s not meant in jest.