EDITORIAL: We don’t want to hear your fireworks



What part of the words “ban” and “prohibited” do people not understand?  Apparently, some people think that the word “ban” is a deodorant, and other people think “prohibited” means “to allow.”


In any case, apparently some locals last week didn’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. It’s common sense that the dry conditions we’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 firecrackers” 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, it’s not meant in jest. 


Today’s fireworks have gotten bigger, louder and more powerful, and most neighbors don’t want to hear the constant boom of the latest and greatest firework going off every few seconds. There’s also an element of respect for others and taking responsibility for following the law.


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