Bexar County bans certain fireworks as drought bakes San Antonio

Only bottle rockets and rockets with fins are banned under the new order.

click to enlarge Bexar County Commissioners voted unanimously to ban the sale of bottle rockets and rockets with fins. - UnSplash / Tina Floersch
UnSplash / Tina Floersch
Bexar County Commissioners voted unanimously to ban the sale of bottle rockets and rockets with fins.
On the recommendation of Fire Marshal Chris Lopez, Bexar County Commissioners Court issued an order Tuesday banning certain types of fireworks ahead of the July 4 weekend, MySA reports.

The order bars the use or sale of bottle rockets and rockets with fins for the foreseeable future, according to the news site. Other types of fireworks allowed under state law will still be available for purchase.

The ban comes as all of Bexar County remains in extreme drought and as unusually high temperatures bake the Alamo City, raising the risk of fire. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures climbed into the triple digits 13 days this month in San Antonio, a new record.

The ban only applies to areas within Bexar County but outside of San Antonio city limits, MySA reports. Fireworks within the city remain illegal — although the ban is widely ignored — and violators can face fines of up to $2,000.
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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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