Weatherford Democrat

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December 29, 2011

Ring in the new year with a bang

PARKER COUNTY — New Year’s fans will get a pleasant gift this year, as Parker County has not issued a fireworks ban on the area — and there is nothing stopping residents from setting them off in designated areas.

After months of drought and dry conditions, including a burn ban stretching several months from summer, the county announced that there will be no unusual restrictions for the holiday.

“Even during the drought, we didn’t have a ban on sales of fireworks but we did have the burn ban in place,” Joel Kertok, county spokeman, said. “Because we’re no longer under the ban, there are no restrictions, but inside city limits, the laws are all the same as normal.”

Most cities, including Weatherford, have a ban on fireworks possession and use.

Fireworks stands around the area began putting their fireworks on sale the week before Christmas, including TNT Fireworks Supercenter jsut outside of Hudson Oaks in an unincorporated part of the county, which opened its doors Dec. 20.

“Already, we’ve doubled the sales from this time last Christmas,” store manager Neil Childs said. “We’re hoping that it gets even better as we get closer to New Year’s.”

Childs said that while sales may have taken a hit around the 4th of July holiday, precautions are always necessary when dealing with fire.

“You’re always concerned with safety,” he said. “But now that we’ve had a lot more rain and all, we’d love for people to come by and get some fireworks.”

Fireworks will continue to be on display through Jan. 1.


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