Denison's annual 4th of July fireworks display is expected to go on even though Grayson county has initiated a fireworks ban. Mayor Robert Brady told First News on Friday that the ban will probably have no effect on the celebration at Munson stadium.
Brady says he knows how much everyone is looking forward to it after it was replaced last year with laser lights.
City leaders will attend the Commissioners Court meeting monday and will also be discussing it at their regular council meeting Monday night.
The Grayson County ban only applies to unincorporated parts of the county.
The following news release was sent out by Grayson County Judge Tim McGraw on Thursday:
Grayson County Judge Tim McGraw has issued a Disaster Declaration for Grayson County and an Executive Order restricting the use of any and all fireworks in Grayson County effective immediately.
This local state of disaster for Grayson County is pursuant to Chapter 418.108 of the Texas Government Code. This state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date of this disaster declaration.
“We are in an extremely dangerous time,” McGraw said. “I am confident the citizens of Grayson County and vendors of fireworks will comply with these orders so everyone will have a safe and happy 4th of July.”
Judge McGraw’s executive order specifically states the use of fireworks in an outdoor environment by any person is prohibited.
In accordance with section 352.081 of the Local Government Code, a person who knowingly or intentionally violates this order commits a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Due to current drought and wildfire conditions the Texas Forest Service has staged additional resources in the area to respond to any fires in the area, according to Judge McGraw.
DECLARATION OF DISASTER FOR GRAYSON COUNTY
WHEREAS the County of Grayson on the 15th day of June 2006 is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from:
THE THREAT OF WILDFIRES DUE TO DROUGHT AND OTHER WEATHER RELATED CONDITIONS; and
WHEREAS THE COUNTY JUDGE of Grayson County has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE COUNTY JUDGE OF GRAYSON COUNTY:
1. That a local state of disaster is hereby proclaimed for Grayson County pursuant to § 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
2. Pursuant to §418.108(b) of the Government Code, this Declaration of a local state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the Commissioners Court of Grayson County.
3. Pursuant to §418.108(c) of the Government Code, this Declaration of a local state of disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk of Grayson County.
4. Pursuant to §418.108(d) of the Government Code, this Declaration of a local state of disaster activates the Grayson County Emergency Management Plan.
This Proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance, ORDERED THIS THE 15TH DAY OF JUNE 2006.