Fireworks Still Allowed in Ector County, For Now

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - No action will be taken, on the fireworks issue, for now. The Ector County Commissioners Court decided to hold off on voting whether fireworks should be banned for this upcoming Fourth of July festivities. For a local business owner, he says he is still back to square one.

"They're using a federal disaster law to shut down fireworks and they are ignoring the rest of the law," Jim Harris, Owner of Truckload Fireworks, said.

Harris is referring to the State's Disaster Law that says fireworks can be banned once we reach a certain drought index.

"I think it could happen, I think that number could go above 575 between now and July Fourth. If they choose to ban all fireworks right at the last minute, July 2nd, 3rd and 4th, I hope that they don't and pray that they don't," Harris said.

County Commissioner Dale Childers says Ector County does not ban fireworks, they just make a recommendation to the Governor's office.

"We don't actually ban the fireworks. We simply tell the Governor's office that we have a threat, an imminent threat, and the Governors office actually bans the fireworks," Childers said.

Harris says its absurd to have the banning of fireworks under the Disaster Law. According to him, a disaster doesn't have an expiration date.

"In July, the disaster is over, if they declare it, a disaster they will declare it over at 7 a.m. on the Fifth of July. Have you ever heard of a disaster with a close date? We don't need to tell the Governor we are in a disaster, we need to tell the Governor we are thankful for four inches of rain and we're gonna go shoot some fireworks," Harris said.

This Friday, the Commissioners Court will decide on whether to ban fireworks with sticks and fins, even if we don't reach the 575 index mark.