Following a commitment from local vendors Tuesday to not sell them, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe on Friday banned the sale and use of fireworks with sticks or fins during the holiday season in unincorporated parts of Travis County.
The county’s commissioners had until Friday to pass a ban during the selling season of Dec. 20 to Jan. 1 if the area’s drought index was dry enough. Because it wasn’t, only the chairman of the commissioners, Biscoe, could enact the ban by declaring a local disaster.
On Tuesday, vendors agreed to a self-imposed ban of winged fireworks in the Austin area. Travis now joins Hays, Bastrop, Blanco and Burnet counties to have bans on those fireworks. Williamson County, where vendors have also said they won’t sell them, does not have a ban. The sale and use of fireworks is banned entirely in Austin and many other Central Texas cities and are not allowed in Travis County parks.
City of Austin officials are inviting the public to visit the People’s Gallery exhibition at City Hall and cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice” before Dec. 31.
The “People’s Choice” is selected from one of the top voted upon pieces for inclusion in City Hall’s permanent collection.
The 2012 People’s Gallery exhibition includes 174 works in a variety of media.
It is free and open to the public for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Jan. 10.
The city will announce the winning artwork at the opening reception for the 2013 exhibition in February, a city news release said.