That means there will be strict limits on the use of fireworks in Bee County this Independence Day.
Police Chief Joe Treviño is reminding city residents that it is always illegal to possess or use fireworks within the city limits.
Because the entire county is under a burn ban and because the use of aerial fireworks will be severely limited throughout the county, law enforcement officers will be out in force, especially within the city.
Violators could be fined as much as $500 in municipal court if they are caught using fireworks in the city.
Also, police will have the right to confiscate any fireworks found within the city.
“Due to the lack of rain, it is very dangerous to use fireworks because of the dry conditions,” Treviño said. “Residents are encouraged to attend the giant fireworks display at the Bee County Exposition Center on Saturday, July 4, and leave the fireworks at the stands and out of the city limits.”
Aerial fireworks are not only a danger in the countryside where they can ignite dry grass and brush at this time of year. They can cause wood single roofs to ignite easily, resulting in someone losing a home or business.
Ken Orrell, fire marshall for the city of Beeville and Bee County, asks residents who plan to celebrate Independence Day in the countryside with fireworks to have a waterhose or bucket of water handy in case the unexpected happens.