Victoria County issues disaster declaration due to ongoing drought

The declaration bans the sale and use of fireworks countywide

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller issued a Declaration of Local Disaster on June 21, 2022, due to the county’s severe drought and fire conditions.

Judge Zeller stated in a press release that with the recent grass fires around Inez and Nursery, and along Highway 59, he believes that it is urgent to issue a Declaration of Local Disaster.

The Declaration of Local Disaster will prohibit firework sales within Victoria County, which by law would have started on June 25. It also bans the use of fireworks in areas of the county that are outside the Victoria city limits.

Judge Zeller did say that the city firework celebration at the Victoria Community Center Grounds should still be a go on July 4.

The Declaration of Local Disaster states that anyone who violates the sales, use, and discharge of fireworks in the area of Victoria County will commit a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

We reached out to city officials to confirm more information.