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June 27th, 2011
San Marcos cancels fireworks, Kyle says they’re still on

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The city of San Marcos has cancelled its public fireworks display for Summerfest on July 4 as other area communities also suspended plans for Independence Day fireworks. The annual Summerfest Celebration will go on as scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. on July 4.

San Marcos Fire Marshal Ken Bell noted that the cancellation of shows from Austin to San Antonio has raised logistical issues of being able to safely handle the crowds that could come to San Marcos to see the pyrotechnics display.

The Buda City Council voted to cancel its fireworks show last week. The city of Kyle says it will continue its show, scheduled to be staged on the Plum Creek golf course driving range with viewing from the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center parking lot.

“Everyone that has been consulted has maintained that in their opinion there is no reason to cancel the event at this time,” Kyle assistant city manager Jerry Hendrix said today.

San Marcos anticipates big crowds over the holiday weekend to enjoy tubing, swimming and canoeing on the San Marcos River as well as the annual Summerfest Celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park.

The Summerfest event will take place Monday, July 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza park featuring live music, a children’s patriotic costume contest and parade, a patriot program and family and children activities.

Bell heads up the City’s Park Rangers who provide patrols along the parks and the San Marcos River during the weekend.

The City of San Marcos prohibits private or personal fireworks inside and a mile outside the city limits. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb has issued a fireworks ban for all personal fireworks in Hays County.

Hays County Fire Marshal March Chambers also reminded residents that Hays County officials are taking a “zero tolerance” stance on violations of the County’s burn and fireworks bans.

The county ban prohibits the sale and use of any fireworks without a permit in effect until 7 a.m. on July 5. Violators face fines of up to $1,000. The ban does not apply to fireworks by governmental entities or those with permits to conduct organized fireworks displays in unincorporated areas of Hays County.

Under a separate burn ban, Hays County residents are prohibited from any outdoor burning, including using burn barrels with screens. While charcoal and gas grills are allowed, officials urge extreme caution.

Hays County Commissioners approved the burn ban on June 13 for 90 days. Violators face up to $500 fines.

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3 thoughts on “San Marcos cancels fireworks, Kyle says they’re still on

  1. Nice to see how the Kyle City Council is still celebrating the 4th properly.
    But San Marcos City council,our own elected leaders, where not even informed. This is some major FUBOR.
    And the reason to cancel the 4th of July fireworks is because too many people are possibly going to come. Decisions especially big ones like canceling our fire works need to be APPROVED by our elected leaders.
    So how about our elected leaders in San Marcos make a policy that public events like 4th of July or Sights and Sounds of Christmas if need to be canceled for public health and safety reasons can only happen if the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Marshals Office and City Manger sign off on it and are approved by the Mayor or majority of Council.

  2. Wow. The only argument I’d heard from other cities was the concern for a possible fire sparked by the fireworks. The Kyle fireworks display has been nothing short of spectacular the last few years but has also started a fire 4 out of the last 5 years. The new (ahem) firing location isn’t near any homes and ostensibly will be better prepared to handle the additional vehicle traffic better than the former downtown Kyle location. Ideally, they’ll have police at the 1626/Kohler crossing directing traffic as that intersection is rife with near misses under the best of traffic conditions. As a Kyle resident, I suppose it would be the neighborly thing to invite the San Marcos crowd over for fireworks. Each of you is welcome. Just be forwarned that the traffic will be a bear.

  3. I’m compelled to add that although there have been fires; the KFD was “on it” within seconds as they were situated near the firing area. Kyle also received the okay from the fire chief prior to choosing to continue with their annual display.

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