We told you a couple of weeks ago that the El Paso County Commissioners were thinking about banning fireworks for the third year in a row.  Today, they took the first step to doing that.

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El Paso County is in a lot of trouble because of the ongoing drought.  We are the only county in the state of Texas with a KDBI rating above 700. The maximum number for that drought index is 800.  And today's brush fire on the westside shows how fast moving fires can be.

County Judge Veronica Escobar asked county commissioners to ban fireworks known as “sticks and fins” to help avoid brush fires started by fireworks.  Sticks and fins are regularly banned in El Paso County, and even a fireworks industy representative didn’t fight that ban during today’s meeting.

But the representative said that he was hoping that some fireworks would escape the ban.  Escobar killed that hope by saying she will be requesting the court ban all fireworks at an upcoming meeting.

Escobar told commissioners that they should expect a lot of discussion from the public and the fireworks industry when they discuss the fireworks ban at that future meeting.

Why mess with fireworks?  Just join us for fireworks both nights of the Downtown El Paso Street Fest, and enjoy the best fireworks displays of the summer!

This is part of last year's fireworks at the Street Fest: