Fireworks at Fair Park, nowhere else

If you want to see fireworks light up the sky legally this weekend for the Fourth of July go to Rockdale's Fair Park Friday night.

That's the only place it's going to happen without the law being broken.

The burn ban instituted last week by county commissioners bans the use of all fireworks.

By city ordinance, it's always illegal to use fireworks inside the city limits of Rockdale.

That leaves Friday's annual free

Fourth of July fireworks display sponsored by Citizens National Bank. The observance alternates yearly between Rockdale and Cameron. This year is Rockdale's turn. Live music by Broken Chains gets under way at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display at dark. That display of course is fully permitted and monitored.

What's new this year, in the wake of a scorching string of 100-degree days (see separate story) is a burn ban which totally prohibits the use of fireworks in Milam County.

That ban, which passed June 22 on a 4-1 vote of county commissioners, prohibits the "outdoor use of combustible materials in an outdoor environment by any person." Combustible materials include "all fireworks," the ordinance states.

Violation of the burn ban is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The rural burn ban will remain in effect until at least Sept. 19 when it will be reviewed.

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