After KCBD NewsChannel 11 found that the Lubbock Country Club was planning a fireworks show for Labor Day, we started asking questions. The county burn ban remains in effect until September 11th and any firework display requires a special permit.
After we called the country club to ask about the show, they told us that it had just been canceled, even though they had already sent invitations to their 1000 member families.
They say they hired a professional to do their July 4th show, until it was canceled because of the firework ban signed by Governor Rick Perry.
Country Club manager Stacy Watson says they stood to lose money from their down payment if they didn't squeeze in the show in a certain amount of time.
The hired firework professionals felt they would be able to convince the city and fire marshal's office to issue a permit for the fireworks, but were told Tuesday that they would not got that permit.
County Commissioner Mark Enrich said conditions are actually worse than they were on Independence Day.
"The KBDI index from the Texas Forest Service indicates what our drought index is and it's at 719, which is higher than it was when we put on the fireworks ban and the burn ban in June. So the conditions have gotten a little worse than they were," Heinrich said.
Watson says they understand the conditions and put safety first. That firework show and barbeque has been canceled, though they will still be open that weekend.
Lubbock County Commissioners will meet next week to discuss extending the burn ban past September 11th.
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