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Do you think local governments should be able to restrict fireworks being legally sold?

The Texas Legislature has mandated that although local governments can enact burn bans, they don't have that option when it comes to restricting the types of fireworks that can be legally sold.

The Texas Legislature, through the Texas Occupations Code, has mandated that counties can only restrict certain types of fireworks — those with “sticks and fins” — if the area's KDBI index is 575 or greater nine days before fireworks can be legally sold and 19 days before the holiday when the majority of them will be used.

Doing more than that, now requires a declaration by the governor — something that only happens in cases of “extreme drought” like in 2011, the year of the Labor Day wildfires in Bastrop.

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