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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