Amarillo, Texas - In light of this dangerously dry and windy weather, several Texas Panhandle counties have signed disaster declarations.
There is a fireworks in Potter, Randall, Moore and Carson counties, meaning you cannot set off or sell fireworks. This is serious business... If you're caught violating the ban, it's not just a slap on the wrist... You could end up behind bars.
Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "A person who violates the ban can be charged with a class B misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in the county jail. Depending on what other actions people take they could be charged with deadly conduct, bodily injury charges, causing death recklessly."
This current ban, signed by county judges, lasts for the next day and a half... But Governor Perry is set to put his signature on it... Extending it for the next thirty days.
Randall County Judge Houdashell is in Austin right now, talking with Perry about the dire situation here in the Panhandle. This ban applies to all fireworks... Even those set off by professionals, so there will not be any public firework shows this Fourth of July.
This is one of the first times a ban like this has ever been put in place.