In many corners of the United States, we use Fourth of July fireworks to display the internal chaotic flurries of fiery patriotism, grievances and wonderment when words about life in this nation escape us. Unfortunately, the familiar dry conditions of South Texas make our DIY pyrotechnic attempts at red, white, and blue expression quite challenging and even dangerous.
Last week, in light of the burn ban
issued by the Bexar County Commissioners Court, all local firework vendors voluntarily suspended the sale of rockets with sticks and missiles with fins. Since the beginning of 2018, there has already been over 300 grass fires within the county.
“With conditions as dry as they are, I urge the public to please exercise extreme caution when setting off fireworks. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display put on by professionals,” said Bexar County Fire Marshal Chris Lopez in a recent statement
This year, the Bexar County Public Safety Communications Center will have a hotline, 210-335-FIRE, open through July 6 for concerned citizens to alert authorities on any unsavory 4th of July fun. So if you’re known for your annual backyard fireworks display, your neighbor can report you if they deem your snaps, crackles and pops too unsafe.
If things do get a little out of hand, Lopez also notes that yes, arson charges can be filed against you, even if you didn’t mean to start the fire (and inadvertently end up in jail/a Billy Joel song).
For a complete kosher list on how to participate in the festivities, visit the Bexar County website
. Or, check out one of the many professional displays happening around town
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