The Memorial Day weekend could include some fancy lights in the sky locally depending on what Grayson County commissioners do on Tuesday.
County commissioners will consider whether or not to allow the sale of fireworks in the unincorporated ares of the county for the holiday. State law provides that as long as commissioners approve, fireworks may be sold in such areas beginning the Wednesday before the last Monday in May and ending at midnight on the last Monday in May.
In 2019, year round fireworks sales were on the books for the Texas Legislature. Around March of 2019, the Grayson County Commissioners discussed the possibility of allowing year round fireworks sales.
“We are accustomed to people being able to use fireworks on specific holidays,” Grayson County Emergency Management Coordinator Sarah Somers said, but added the county is also accustomed to being able to regulate the sale of certain types of fireworks in times of drought to prevent wildfires.
The new bills being considered, Somers said, might take away that ability to regulate sales in dryer periods of time. She said the county usually only has to deal with the issue of fireworks around certain holidays, like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.
“Nobody is a big fan of government regulation, but we are big fans of safety,” Somers said. “And we are aware that the response to fireworks and things that happen because of them increases on those holidays.”
Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt agreed the workload for his deputies also increases around those holiday periods because they get called out about the things that happen when fireworks get out of control.
“Fourth of July and New Year’s, it’s just crazy the number of calls that we receive on those things,” Watt said. “If we had to deal with that year round, we’d probably being coming to ask you for more deputies.”
In addition to the fireworks question, Tuesday county commissioners will discuss whether or not to continue the disaster declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If extended, this will be the eighth week, the county remains under the order that has nothing to do with businesses being able to open and people gathering. The extension would allow the county to receive state and federal aid during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. in the East Courtroom of the Grayson County courthouse in Sherman and online.
To watch online go to https://www.co.grayson.tx.us/page/co.virtualcc.