Today, we sued Bexar county for disaster relief for our operators and non-profits. Here’s the press release.
RELEASE DATE: December 17, 2008
FIREWORKS SELLERS SUE BEXAR COUNTY FOR DISASTER RELIEF
SUIT REQUESTS AID FOR THE GROUPS, NON-PROFITS AND FAMILIES THAT FUNDRAISE THROUGH FIREWORKS
Alamo Fireworks Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Bexar County on behalf of the nearly 1,500 churches, individuals, non-profits and families that rely upon fireworks sales for their fundraising and livelihood. The suit asks for a judgment for disaster aid in an amount over $400,000, which is the amount fireworks sales generate for the Bexar community each New Year’s holiday. Alamo Fireworks is not asking for any aid for its for-profit business.
On December 10th, County Judge Nelson Wolff declared Bexar County a “disaster area” under Texas Code Ch 418.108. This law that was intended for government to cope with sudden events such as floods or terrorist attacks but has recently been applied to dry conditions. This disaster only targets fireworks and no other flammable products were banned or restricted.
“We owe it to these groups and families to get them some help,” said Michael Girdley, President of Alamo Fireworks, Inc. “The county has a legal and moral obligation under the law to aid disaster victims. As county leaders embraced people from Houston and Louisiana during the recent storms, they should help the people that actually live here.”
Fireworks vendors are still willing to work with county officials to develop plans that mimic those that have successfully managed extremely dry conditions and fireworks sales in higher fire danger states like California and New Mexico. Alamo plans to pursue litigation against all counties that refuse to help these disaster victims.
Alamo Fireworks Inc., is a family owned and operated business based in San Antonio, Texas. The company partners with numerous civic and non-profit groups each season, raising funds for their particular cause.
www.alamofireworks.com / ph 210-667-1106