On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry approved Hays County’s request to extend a restriction on the sale and use of fireworks through 7 am July 5. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb made the request Wednesday after issuing a 60-hour ban earlier this week. For a local declaration to be in effect longer, a county must request an extension from the governor.
“While it is unfortunate that we can’t celebrate our independence on July 4th with fireworks, the risk is too high,” Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said. “Drought has made fire danger of paramount concern, and we have to take the safety of our citizens and their property into consideration. All residents of Hays County should take the fire risk we face seriously and adhere to the fireworks ban, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 for violators.”
The fire marshal noted that if conditions prior to July 4 change significantly enough to warrant it, the ban would be reconsidered.