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Fireworks committee speaks out

MABTON - After last year's Fourth of July festivities, Mabton City Council members debated on whether or not to completely ban fireworks inside its city limits.

As a compromise, the city asked residents to form a committee, to help maintain and enforce the rules for a safer Mabton during Independence Day festivities.

In a report to council on Tuesday of this week, the committee detailed how it discussed advertising early that residents need a permit to light off fireworks in the city. They also suggested posting signage at the fireworks sales stands, letting customers know if they intend to light fireworks, they must obtain a permit at city hall.

Information about the permits and safety concerns will also go into the city's newsletter. The committee also hopes to figure out a way to enforce immediate clean-up so streets aren't lined with fireworks debris for weeks after the holiday.

Councilwoman Vera Zavala, who is also chair of the fireworks committee, says the majority of the committee is also in favor of continuing to require city-issued permits for anyone who wants to ignite fireworks during the Independence Day festivities.

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