Midland County Commissioners to Discuss Possible Disaster Declaration

By Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Midland County Officials are trying to keep everyone safe, but there is only so much they can do.  Right now they are talking about how they could make the 4th of July safer, but that could mean no fireworks and the only one who can make that happen is the County Judge by declaring a disaster.

The declaration of disaster would ban the sale and use of every type of fireworks in Midland County.  But that would only last for 60 hours. According to Midland County Attorney Russell Malm discussion is needed before the judge makes the decision.

"The possibility in the situation that we have now of wildfires, people dying, or property been destroyed. At this point, you just can't weight the fun and the tradition of fireworks with the downside of a fire to start," Russell Malm, Midland County Attorney, said.

This is not the first time Midland County has restricted the sale or use of fireworks. Two years ago, the County banned the use of fireworks during the fourth of July. But the law has changed since then.

The meeting will take place on Monday where the pros and cons of the declaration will be discussed by all the Commissioners.