City of San Elizario
City of San Elizario

San Elizario to allow Sale of select Fireworks

At the City of San Elizario council meeting on June 21, 2022, council voted 3 to 1 to amend ordinance 2007.03, which previously banned the sale and use of all fireworks within the city limits.

The City of San Elizario will now follow the action taken at the El Paso County Commissioners Court and moving forward, the ordinance amendment allows the same regulations regarding fireworks in effect in the unincorporated areas of the County of El Paso to apply within the City of San Elizario on an annual basis.

The state mandated process allows the County of El Paso to ban fireworks only if the Texas Forest Service determines drought conditions exist, allowing for the determination that a disaster declaration may be made. Texas Local Government Code § 352.051 defines “drought conditions” as the existence immediately preceding or during the fireworks season of a Keetch-Byram Drought Index (“KBDI”) of 575 or greater.

Though Mayor Isela Reyes did not have a vote on the item, she presented the agenda item to council for consideration and added, “Our community doesn’t have another means to traditionally celebrate the Fourth of July in the City of San Elizario so we collectively decided this was the best option, while still following the safety recommendations of the state.”

All other provisions of ordinance 2007.03 remain in effect. The original ordinance may be found on the city’s website: https://cityofsanelizario.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/se_2007.03_fireprevention.pdf. The new ordinance amendment, ordinance 2204.04, may also be found on the website: https://cityofsanelizario.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/se_2204.04_fireworkban_amendment1.pdf

 

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