No Fireworks Show This 4th of July in The Woodlands

Well, it’s just sad, but we knew this was coming. Everything is so very dry, I’m glad common sense prevailed. All other activities will go on as scheduled.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to hose down my roof and fence and yard before sundown on the 4th, just in case somebody gets a little crazy…

From: Nick Wolda
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 12:33 PM
To: Everybody
Subject: Fireworks CANCELLED in The Woodlands

After careful consideration, the annual Fireworks Show in The Woodlands has been cancelled due to historic drought conditions. All other activities of The Red, Hot & Blue Festival will continue as promoted with live entertainment in Town Green Park and Waterway Square.

Please see note from The Woodlands Fire Chief Alan Benson regarding the cancellation of fireworks:

As with any professional fireworks display, there is always a certain level of risk associated with the production. Given normal conditions, The Woodlands Fire Department and The Woodlands Township is willing to allow the fireworks display to occur. However, this year our region is experiencing an unprecedented drought. While the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is currently 692, which is slightly below what is considered extreme potential fire conditions (700-800), it is predicted that Montgomery County, including The Woodlands Township, will be well above the 700 range this week, unless substantial rainfall occurs. It is my understanding that the wildfire which occurred in Grimes County, recently started when the drought index was slightly below 700, as The Woodlands is currently experiencing now.

For these reasons, I feel that the level of risk this year is simply not acceptable. One of the most valued characteristics of our area is our forest and I am not prepared to chance any loss of our natural beauty and any damage to our residential or commercial properties as a result of the public fireworks display.

Also, please note the ban on the sale and use of fireworks this year. See below:

The Woodlands has celebrated Fourth of July with fireworks every year since 1975, and this is the first year for the show to be cancelled.

Residents should also be aware that both Montgomery and Harris Counties have issued burn bans and disaster declarations related to the dry conditions. Sale and use of consumer fireworks have been banned and are punishable by law. Violations are considered a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not more than $1000 or confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days.

To report violations, Montgomery County residents should contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-442-7797and Harris County residents in the Village of Creekside Park should contact the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct #4 at 281-376-3472. Use 9-1-1 in emergency situations.

More information on the activities for Fourth of July in The Woodlands is accessible through this link: http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=777.

For more information on The Woodlands Township government, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

____________________________________________________________

Nick Wolda

President — The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau

Director of Community Relations — The Woodlands Township

10001 Woodloch Forest Drive

Suite 600

The Woodlands, Texas 77380

281-210-3475 (direct)

281-455-8600 (cell)

nwolda@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (email)

nick.wolda@thewoodlandscvb.com (email)


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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