The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 20, 2013

Fireworks go on sale Saturday, illegal inside the city limits

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Fireworks go on sale Saturday across Texas, leading up to the New Year’s holiday.

Even though there has been some rain, and a lot of ice, this month, most of Hunt County remains listed under drought conditions and there is a danger of grass fires, especially in high winds.

The use of fireworks is prohibited in some portions of Hunt County.

The use of all fireworks are illegal inside Greenville and all of the incorporated cities in Hunt County, but they are allowed in the unincorporated areas.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has issued guidelines for consumers wishing to use fireworks, including:

— Use fireworks outdoors only.

— Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.

— Always have water handy, a hose or bucket.

— Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.

— Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

— Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.

— Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”

— Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

— Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, most of Hunt County remains listed under a moderate drought, although the northeast corner of the county is reported to be “abnormally dry.” The information was released Thursday, although the measurements were taken locally Tuesday morning.

The Texas Forest Service placed Hunt County under a “moderate” risk of grass and wild fires Thursday, due to the drought and the very high winds.