Fireworks on sale for New Year's Eve

POSTED: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 3:42pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

BRAZOS COUNTY -- It's been over a year since firework stands have been able to sell without restrictions.

And with New Year's celebrations just days away, vendors are gearing up for what they hope to be a busy week now that the county burn bans have been lifted.

Thanks to a month of steady rain county commissioners have lifted the burn ban, just in time for the New Year, and one group of Navasota students couldn't be happier about it.

"This is our biggest fundraiser as an organization with the band and so we do this twice a year and so selling fireworks it what we do," said Navasota band director, Martin England.

Because of the historic drought and this summer's burn bans the Navasota band was unable to raise the funds they so heavily rely on throughout the school year so band director, Martin England, hopes this season proves better than last.

"It was the right decision to make with the county commissioners to put those bans in but being able to make up for what we lost this summer it's really important and business has been pretty good so far."

But Bart Humphreys with the College Station Fire Department says it's important to remember we are still in a drought.

"The dead vegetation gets wet when it rains but it doesn't absorb any of that so as soon as the humidity goes down and things start to dry out, that vegetation is dry and ready to burn again."

So if you plan to ring in the New Year with a little light show, make sure you have a bucket of water nearby.

And while the burn ban is lifted, it's still illegal to shoot off fireworks in the city.

For more firework safety tips, click here.

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