Three West Texas Counties Issue Local Disaster Declarations

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Three West Texas Counties have declared a local disaster.

The disaster declaration will ban the sale or use of all fireworks for 60 hours. Judge Redford will then request that Governor Rick Perry extend the disaster declaration until midnight, July 4th.

A press release from Ector County says the disaster declaration is necessary to protect the public from the inevitable danger presented by the use of fireworks under our extreme drought conditions.

One Permian Basin vendor told NewsWest 9 that this declaration has caused quite a problem for her and her family.

"It took quite a bit of preparation.  We spent quite a bit of money to set up our place to stay, our facilities, to bring our fireworks here. We spent more than a day in labor to put everything in and price it and have everything ready to go.  It's too late to come back and say, 'oh, now you can't do it.'  That's how we look at it.  They're taking food out of my children's mouths," "Vicky," an angry fireworks vendor said.

Midland County has also declared a local disaster declaration effective as of 4:00p.m. Tuesday.  Citizens in Midland are allowed to have fireworks in their possession but are not allowed to pop or discharge them for the next 60 hours.