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Smith County Commissioners Approve Fireworks for San Jacinto Day

Smith County residents will be able to buy fireworks to celebrate San Jacinto Day again this year.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from April 16-21, 2017.

The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1150, authorizing three additional periods that fireworks may be sold to the public as long as the Commissioners Courts in each county issues an order authorizing such sales each year. The three additional holidays, which were also approved in Smith County last year, are Texas Independence Day, celebrated on March 2; San Jacinto Day, April 21; and Memorial Day, May 29, 2017.

Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson said Smith County residents are allowed to pop fireworks throughout the year, and are only restricted on when they can buy them. Before the three additional holidays were approved last year, fireworks could only be bought and sold for New Year’s and July 4th.

“I recommend allowing the sale of fireworks for San Jacinto Day,” McCoy-Wasson said.

Fireworks are not allowed during a burn ban, but currently, the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, used to determine forest fire potential, is low. McCoy-Wasson reported that the KBI is at an average of 159. Burn bans are implemented when it reaches 600-700, she added.

The Commissioners Court will again consider approving fireworks sales for Memorial Day at a future meeting.

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