County commissioners approve fireworks sale in county


For the second year in a row, parts of El Paso will be lit this 4th of July holiday — with fireworks the sky, that is.

County commissioners approved the sale of fireworks at their Monday meeting  after the county judge banned them two years ago.

The use of fireworks wasn’t allowed in previous years due to the area’s dry climate, as it had reached a certain level on the drought index — dry, hot weather conditions pose a dangerous fire hazard.

“The numbers are not there again this year, so it looks like…we will not only be able to ban fireworks unless we have the next month of triple-digit numbers,” County Judge Veronica Escobar tells NewsChannel9. “We’re going to keep a close watch on the KDBI, the drought index, and if anything changes we will put an item on the agenda right away.”

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