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Mission plans Independence Day celebration

Mission may be seeing some fireworks come July 4 this year.

This week, the city of Mission held a special meeting granting a variance request for an ordinance regarding the shooting off, discharging, exploding guns, firecrackers or other explosive matter and bonfires currently prohibited. Assistant Fire Chief Rene Alvarez presented the item on behalf of Chief Gilbert Sanchez, who was out of town.

“The variance would authorize the Mission Fire Department, under the supervision of the office of the Fire Marshal, to oversee controlled firework testing on February 29, 2020 at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Shary Municipal Golf Course,” Alvarez said. “This variance would allow the controlled testing of these fireworks leading up to a proposed July 4th city celebration,” Alvarez said.

Council members Jessica Ortega-Ochoa and Beto Vela, who were present at the meeting, voted to approve the variance.

“Hopefully working with our city staff and our fire department, everything goes out without a hitch,” Ortega-Ochoa said.

Vela said that with events like these, Mission is showing that residents don’t need to leave the city for entertainment.

“They can stay in Mission, have a good time and bring their families,” Vela said. “We can highlight what we can do here at home.”

This story was originally published in the Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 edition of the Progress Times. 

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