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Grilling, fireworks banned
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – As a result of the severe drought and fi re danger, the City of Shepherd has banned all outdoor grilling, fi re pits and fi reworks while San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court declared the county a local disaster based on the threat of large wildfi res. San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner said the sale, use and discharge of fi reworks poses a serious threat to citizens of the county and their property. “For this reason, the sale, use and discharge of all fi reworks in the county is expressly prohibited until July 5,” Faulkner said. Any person who knowingly or intentionally violates this ban commits an offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, according to Faulkner. “The sheriff’s department will be writing tickets for persons who violate either the burn ban or the fireworks prohibition,” said San Jacinto County Sheriff James Walters. “If tickets are written, my office will prosecute them,” San Jacinto County Criminal Disttrict Attorney Richard Countiss said. “This is being done because the fire danger index in the county is literally off the chart and a fire in this forest we live in could destroy hundreds of homes and kill a lot of people,” Countiss said. In the City of Shepherd Mayor Glenn Dillon said there would be no fireworks display on July 2 as previously planned. “Please be aware that the other July 2 festivities will proceed as planned. The sale, display and discharge of fireworks in the city limits of Shepherd will be prohibited in accordance with the declaration of disaster the county has issued,” Dillon said. “Also, no outdoor burning of any kind is allowed until at least August 14. This includes any device with an open flame, including gas grills, barbecue pits and fire pits,” Dillon said.