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San Antonio New Year's Fireworks Update: Bans and Lawsuits

By December 30, 2008

Fireworks displays are supposed to be beautiful, but the battle over the ability to purchase fireworks for New Year's Eve celebrations in San Antonio is about to get ugly.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has declared a countywide disaster due to an overall lack of rainfall, enacting a complete ban on the sale of fireworks. This means that not only can you not pop the fireworks in the San Antonio city limits, you can't pop or even sell them anywhere in the County -- which had not been the case before.

But fireworks retailers are not going down without a fight. They are still opening up fireworks stands -- they are just doing it outside of Bexar County limits instead of outside the San Antonio city limits, like they had in years past. There are roughly 15-20 stands around the Atascosa-Bexar County lines right now.

Top retailer Alamo Fireworks has filed a lawsuit against the County, though no judgment is likely to be made until well after the January 2nd deadline for fireworks sales.

So what will be legal for New Year's Eve? Essentially, you must own property in another county that allows fireworks to be purchased and used within their limits. You can't buy or use fireworks in San Antonio or Bexar County, and there will not be any 'safe zones' either due to the drought-like conditions that have plagued the city all year. The same ban goes for nearby Comal, Wilson and Guadeloupe counties as well, leaving Atascosa County (just south of Bexar County) as the only real alternative for most San Antonians, unless you want to risk breaking the law and being ticketed for it.

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January 21, 2009 at 11:21 am
(1) mikebriere says:

I worked as a contract employee for Alamo Fireworks this past New Year’s fireworks season in Houston. They are neither concerned for safety or honesty. Two examples of this follow: The Houston Fire Marshall stopped by our stand, citing several violations, all but two of which we inherited from Alamo Fireworks. The Marshall told us that ‘these companies never retain their workers from selling season to selling season because they always stick their contract employees with these violations when they are the ones that create them.’ Where is their sense od safety responsibility in that? As to their LACK of honesty, Alamo Fireworks cheated us out of our money by including in our settle up with them an invoice we’d never seen. You do not want to do business with or work for these charlatans!

January 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(2) Bill Thomas says:

Michael Girdley is the owner and is the most cruel person I have ever met. They never pay anyone correctly and only care about Alamo Fireworks. His cell number is 210-865-3782. I also treats his employess terrible also. Alamo Fireworks are Crooks!!!

February 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm
(3) Larry Everest says:

I worked for Alamo Fireworks last year and they said I owed them money. Our church worked two weeks and never got paid. We talked to Michael Girdley but he said we owed him money. What a joke!! We are now forced to sue Alamo Fireworks to pay our help. What a terrible company. Thanks Alamo Fireworks

April 28, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(4) Micheal says:

Micheal Girdley has harrased me and is always trying to convince me that he is owed money im to scared to say what about he went as far as posing as an attorney and humilating me by taping a notice an the door for everyone to see I can’t believe this,

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