Finned, stick fireworks banned for 4th of July

Free Rockdale show granted exemption

Milam County Commissioners banned fireworks with fins and sticks on Monday in advance of the July Fourth holiday but the ban won’t affect the free fireworks show planned for Friday, July 1, at Fair Park.

“All the issues have been resolved and, unless something changes, the fireworks show will proceed as scheduled,” Bob Wilson, Citizens National Bank Rockdale branch manager, and senior vice-president, told The Reporter.

“We have gotten clearance to proceed both from the commissioners and from Rockdale Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan, who has been most helpful and really went to bat for us,” Wilson said.

Fire trucks will be standing by at Fair Park to handle any issues arising from the display,” Wilson said. The show will begin “around 9 p.m.,” he said.

The annual free f ireworks show, sponsored by CNB, alternates between Cameron and Rockdale.

F I NS, ST ICK S—The ban approved Monday follows similar bans in years past and targets only fireworks with fins and sticks. Other kinds of fireworks remain legal.

The ban targets rural areas. There’s a permanent ban on use of fireworks inside the Rockdale city limits.

Cameron Fire Chief Henr y Horelica, president of the county fire chiefs association, told commissioners “extremely dry conditions” and warnings from the Texas Forest Service made the flying fireworks ban necessary.

State climatologists have already listed the current drouth conditions in Texas as the third worst since weather records have been kept, behind only those in 1918 and 1956.

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