County Judge Barbara Shaw told the court that she sought the advice of Karnes City Fire Chief Charlie Malik, concerning the idea of a possible ban on the use of some or all types of fireworks.
“I called Charlie Malik yesterday,” Shaw said. “He is usually our ‘go to’ guy for fireworks. He says he does not see any reason to prohibit any fireworks. He said it is cool, and it is humid and he does not foresee any problems.”
“It is pretty dry out there,” County Commissioner Tracey Schendel said, noting that the county usually bans the aerial type of fireworks.
Shaw read language from the proposed order prohibiting skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins.
“That doesn’t stop your roman candles and your simple stuff,” Shaw said. “You can still have pretty displays.”
Commissioner Schendel then made a motion banning the sale or use of aerial fireworks within the unincorporated areas of Karnes County.
Commissioner Pete Jauer seconded Schendel’s motion, and the court voted in favor, 3-0. Commissioners Carl Hummel and James Rosales were not present during that part of the meeting.