It's not the best news, but it's not terrible news at least!  In Amarillo, selling and using fireworks in 2012 will not be illegal!  There is a ban, but it's only on certain fireworks.

So as you ring in your Independence Day, ring it in the American way!  By almost blowing your hand off, or seriously injuring a friend because you thought it was going to be funny to stuff an M-80 in the toilet before they used the restroom.

Firework vendors are already setting up stands and selling off fireworks!

So what's deemed as illegal this year?

Amarillo Globe News reports:

The ban prohibits the sale or use of fireworks classified as “skyrockets with sticks” and “missiles with fins” under state law, while small fireworks and Class B explosives are allowed in unincorporated areas of the county.

If your like me, your thinking this is kind of whack!  We've seen plenty of rain, have we not?  We're not in a drought, so why the partial ban?

Well, Amarillo Globe News has kind of answered that question for us!


The group issued a news release Wednesday stating its position that the partial fireworks ban is illegal because the Texas Forest Service had not declared Potter County to be in extreme drought conditions.

First Assistant County Attorney Dave Kemp said he disagreed with the group’s position.

“As I look at the map, on Monday when commissioners passed it, we were still in a drought,” Kemp said. “If they have a problem, they need to come to commissioners’ court and speak their peace and ask for it to be rescinded. I question their conclusion the order is illegal.”

So there you have it, if you disagree with the partial ban, go to the commissioners court and speak your "peace".  You won't be getting anything accomplished, because they could care less what you think!

But I care!  So let's speak our peace right now!