WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - As the Fourth of July holiday creeps closer to reality, the Williamson County Commissioners Court is not taking any chances when it comes to fireworks and the possibility of grass fires.
On Tuesday, the Court approved an order prohibiting the sale and use of restricted fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county.
Customers won't be able to purchase the following: all skyrockets with sticks, devices with fins or rudders for the purpose of achieving aerodynamic flights, which includes missiles or rockets.
Fireworks with sticks and fins pose the greatest wildfire danger.
The order is in effect for the July 4 fireworks season.
This does not include professional fireworks displays. In addition, the Commissioners Court accepts the Texas Pyrotechnic Association's cooperation to voluntarily limit sales of other fireworks to just four days starting July 1.
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