After multiple meetings starting in late November and an agreement with Guadalupe county (Seguin, TX) that they would implement a Safe Area plan for fireworks sales and use, the county reneged on the deal late this afternoon of the 16th.  That is a short 3 days prior to our opening.

Other vendors had spent multiple thousands of dollars and many hours of time on acquiring safe shooting sites for the county’s residents.  That money is now a waste as the County Judge and emergency management coordinator went back on the deal.

Dan Kinsey had encouraged other fireworks people to stay away from this county meeting.  Guess it was a mistake.  Here is the notification email (clearly, fireworks vendors are a third kind of stone cutter…;-D)

— On Tue, 12/16/08, Dan Kinsey <dkinsey@co.guadalupe.tx.us> wrote:
From: Dan Kinsey <dkinsey@co.guadalupe.tx.us>
Subject: Guadalupe County Fireworks Safe Areas
To: <fireworks vendors>
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 9:55 PM

As you know the Fireworks Ban / Disaster Declaration was on the Commissioners Court Agenda this morning as a discussion item so that the Commissioners and other officials could express their views and the sentiments of their constituents.  All four Commissioners were against the implementation of safe areas and supported a total ban on fireworks.  The County Sheriff also spoke out against the safe areas and in favor of a total ban.  Many of the Fire Chiefs also spoke out in favor of a total ban.  The general sentiment was that the safe zone concept was a worthy idea but everyone felt given the potential influx of fireworks users Bexar, Comal, and other counties with a total fireworks ban now was not the time to try the safe zone idea and hope it worked.

While both the County Judge and myself remain in favor of trying safe zones, given the unanimous support for a total fireworks ban by every other County Official the Judge will issue a Disaster Declaration with a total ban on fireworks tomorrow.  We appreciate your efforts and hope the situation turns out more favorable during future fireworks seasons.

Daniel Kinsey, CFM
Emergency Management Coordinator
Guadalupe County Texas
415 East Donegan
Seguin Texas 78155
(830) 303-8856 Office
(830) 401-0998 Fax
(830) 481-3039 Mobile
Dkinsey@co.guadalupe.tx.us

Two stone cutters were asked about their job.  The first said, “I cut stones into blocks.”  The second replied, “I’m on a team that is building a cathedral”   – What kind of stone cutter are you?

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