During the regular meeting of June 13, the Mason County Commissioners' Court discussed measures necessitated by the ongoing drought. In addition to the current burn ban, the Court discussed the upcoming July 4th observance, and some of the hazards of fireworks use as part of that celebration, especially in light of the dry conditions around the entire county.Judge Jerry Bearden explained that the measures required by the State of Texas to enact a ban on the sale or use of fireworks are rather complicated and extensive. He further explained that the County must first enact a disaster declaration, then request special permission for the Governor's office to extend the fireworks ban for longer than 60 hours. The Court voted to follow those steps, and to place the ban through July 5th, which should allow the County to move beyond the traditional holiday period. The ban applies to all types of fireworks and prohibit their sale or use anywhere in the county. Similar bans are currently being passed by other counties around the state as they face the hazardous conditions brought about by the ongoing drought and seek to find ways to mitigate the hazards to their residents.An unfortunate part of this ban is that it also applies to public displays such as the one traditionally held on the north side of Mason by Carl Keith.