A popular Independence Day tradition may be silenced because of Mother Nature this year. Lubbock County Commissioners will meet June 13th to consider banning both the use and sale of fireworks until weather conditions improve.
Lubbock is in the middle of one of the worst droughts in its history for this time of year, and the wildfire danger remains uncommonly high. Forecasters say they just aren't sure if the area will receive a substantial amount of rain before the 4th of July holiday.
Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator Clinton Thetford says they'll discuss several options in the coming days before the meeting. One of those options includes allowing professionals to set off the fireworks for organized events such as the city's show at McKenzie Park or Buffalo Springs Lake.
No decision will be made until after the June 13th meeting.
If fireworks are banned, it will also affect groups using firework sales as fundraisers. We'll hear how they're planning around the potential decision tonight on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 6.