Williamson County may be quieter on July 4 this year because of restrictions on the sales of aerial fireworks. The decision is a result of severe drought conditions and a burn ban that went into effect June 21.

Stick rockets and missiles with fins or rudders will not be available for purchase in the county, a decision that was voluntarily made by the largest fireworks businesses in the area. Texas Pyrotechnics Association and American Fireworks worked with County Judge Bill Gravell to finalize the decision.

“Williamson County is urging everyone to use extreme caution this Independence Day so that everyone has a safe holiday,” Judge Gravell said in a press release.

Most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near city limits. Residents can go to the Williamson County interactive map to further understand specific restrictions by address.

Fireworks sales began on June 24.