LUBBOCK, Texas — County Commissioner’s Office is now allowing Lubbock residents to purchase fireworks during the Memorial Day holiday. This is the first time residents have been allowed to do this, but some veterans say it’s an insult to those who have served.
“It’s like popping fireworks at someone’s funeral,” said Benny Guerrero, with Veterans of Foreign Wars. “They are celebrating our son’s deaths, our sister’s deaths, and in all honesty it’s inappropriate.”
Previously, commisioners say they were unable to sell fireworks to the community because of Lubbock’s drought conditions. However, this year though the conditions were favorable to fireworks, and because multiple citizens requested them, there was no reason to ban them this year.
“To those who believe this to be somewhat insensitive, I understand that,” said Curtis Parrish, Lubbock County Judge, “But I would also say this is a time of both rememberance and celebration, and so there was no reason to not allow that.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting their own ceremonies, minus fireworks, to honor the men and women who died while serving on May 26th. For more information on this event you can find it HERE.