Despite several counties across the state having to go into the New Year under a burn ban, Lubbock county will celebrate with fireworks thanks to a little more moisture for the year.
County commissioners tell us state law requires a burn ban to be declared by December 14th, by then the decision should be made on whether or not to allow fireworks sales. Now, it has been pretty dry, but our moisture levels are still not low enough to prohibit sales.
Commissioner Bill McCay says that's a good thing from a business perspective, since sales tax is revenue that the county depends on to help offset property tax. But even though there's no burn ban right now, the county will still be in contact with stand salespeople just in case the weather between Now and New Years stays dry.
Bill McCay, County Commissioner Precinct 1: "We've had some moisture recently, but who knows, we could get a foot of snow, for the next week or so and be good, or it could not rain for another 6 months. They're not going to want to sell fireworks, dangerous fireworks, if in fact it is severe drought."
Now wind is a big factor this time of year so use common sense and be aware of how you handle your fireworks so that everyone stays safe.