The Lubbock County Commissioners Court has determined that there will not be any mandatory restriction on the sale or use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Lubbock for the 2018 Fourth of July Fireworks Season.

The decision was made during a Monday meeting, in coordination with the Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management, Volunteer Fire Departments, and the District Attorney’s Office.

The Commissioners Court has found that Lubbock County does not have the legal standing under current state law to ban fireworks within city limits. Lubbock also does not meet the drought conditions required for a ban, according to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which requires a 575 or higher. Lubbock County is currently at a 508.

However, the Commissioner’s Court is asking Firework vendors to voluntarily comply with a ban on sales of fireworks missiles with fins and rockets due to safety and wildfire concerns.

The State of Texas fireworks sales period for the 4th of July holiday is June 24 through July 4. The Lubbock County Commissioners Court is reminding citizens that the decision does not change any Fireworks Ban that may be in place in any Municipality, or Special District as defined by Texas State Law.