Due to drought conditions, Kerr County issues court order about fireworks

Kerrville has recently reminded residents about the fireworks ban within city limits ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. On June 27, Kerr County Sheriff’s Office released a court order which was approved on June 11, 2018, by the Kerr County Commissioners Court and Kerr County Judge Tom Pollard, regarding the ban on certain types of fireworks in “unincorporated areas of Kerr County”.

The adoption of the order (Court Order #36813) is due to the dry conditions currently existing in the area. The order is said to “expire on the date in which the Texas Fire Service deems drought conditions in Kerr County no longer exist on the county or midnight July 4th, 2018, whichever is earlier.”

The court order also states that “a person may not sell, detonate, ignite, or in any way use fireworks classified ‘skyrockets with sticks’ or ‘missiles with fins’ in any portion of the unincorporated area of Kerr County.”

To be exact, according to Occupations Code Section 2154.003(a), the following fireworks are not permissible to use:

(1) sky rockets or “bottle rockets” with:

(A) a total propellant charge of less than four grams;

(B) a casing size of less than five-eighths of an inch for the outside diameter and less than 3-1/2 inches in length; and

(C) an overall length, including stick, of less than 15 inches; and

(2) other fireworks determined not acceptable by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

(c) The term “bottle rocket” may not be used in association with the advertisement or sale of fireworks.

(d) In addition to the items described by Subsection (b), pop rockets with a propellant casing length of less than five inches, an exterior diameter of less than three-fourths of an inch, and an overall total rocket length of less than 26 inches are not permissible fireworks.

The court order also mentions that if any person violates this order, the offense is a Class C misdemeanor.

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