Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fireworks again this year.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Sunday, Feb. 25 through 12 a.m. Friday, March 2.
Although fireworks can be discharged any time of year, there are only certain state-approved holidays when fireworks can be sold in Texas, including Independence Day and New Year’s Eve.
The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1150, authorizing three additional periods that fireworks may be sold to the public as long as the Commissioners Courts in each county issue an order authorizing such sales each year.
The three additional holidays, which have also been approved in Smith County for the last two years, are Texas Independence Day, scheduled for Friday March 2; San Jacinto Day on Saturday, April 21; and Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.
Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson said she sees no reason for the court not to approve fireworks sales at this time. She reported to commissioners that they have not had any issues in the past.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index, used to determine forest fire potential, at an average of 93, is extremely low, according to McCoy-Wasson.
The Commissioners Court will consider approving fireworks sales for San Jacinto Day and Memorial Day at future meetings.
For more information, visit www.smith-county.com.