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County Judge Bans Certain Fireworks

Lexington's 4th of July Celebration Still On!

LVDF Fireworks 2008 PHOTO BY CHRISTY LVDF Fireworks 2008 PHOTO BY CHRISTY Last Tuesday morning, Lee County Judge Paul Fischer enacted a Declaration of Local Disaster "due to extreme drought conditions, which leaves the County under imminent threat of fire resulting in widespread and severe damage, injury and loss of life or property."

Judge Fischer signed a proclamation Tuesday morning prohibiting the selling, detonating or igniting of fireworks such as sky rockets with sticks and missile with fins for the unincorporated areas of Lee County. The ban does not affect planned fire works displays within the City of Lexington.

The order does not ban common fireworks, small in size classified as Class C explosives or large fireworks devices designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration, or detonation and classified as Class B. Anyone who knowingly or intentionally violates this prohibition could face Class C Misdemeanor charges.

Judge Fischer's declaration goes on to say that this 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 Lee County.

Despite Judge Paul Fischer's Declaration of Local Disaster signed Tuesday morning, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, will host their annual Fireworks in the Park this Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Fire Department will be grilling hamburgers for sale, including drinks and chips, for a nominal charge at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dark, which is at about 9 p.m. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend. If you do go, bring your lawn chairs. The volunteers promise the show will be worth taking time out in the heat.

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