If Faulkner County experiences drought conditions during the July 4 holiday next year, there may not be any fireworks stands on the sides of the road, according to the Faulkner County Quorum Court.
The court discussed the possibility of being able to ban sales of fireworks in extreme cases, such as those involving a burn ban or a drought. Currently, the county is only able to ban the discharging and use of fireworks, not the sale.
County Judge Preston Scroggin said it is harder to ban sales at the county level rather than the cities based on the creating of the counties as opposed to those cities.
"The banning of commerce is much harder for us than, say Conway," Scroggin said. "That's not saying we can't work toward doing it."
A possibility would be to work with the legislature during the next session. This year, fireworks stands remained open, although not many people were buying. Justice of the Peace Steve Goode said that the numbers some sellers reported this year did not make it worth the effort.
"It might be better to put some of these people out of their misery," Goode said about groups who are required to stay in fireworks tents set up by outside business interests. "You had some people who usually reported $40,000 before who maybe only got $1,000 this year."
Many communities banned the use of fireworks, and nearly everyone shut down their official fireworks presentations in light of drought conditions. Scroggin noted that despite the few days of rain the area saw in the past twoo weeks, it wasn't nearly enough to call off any bans.
"I think Vilonia may be the driest place in the state," he said.