Ban on snowballs overturned in Colorado town

Ban on snowballs overturned in Colorado town

December 05, 2018 06:54 AM

A 9-year-old Colorado boy has convinced the leaders of his small town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights.

Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance, presented his arguments at a town board meeting Monday night.

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The third grader told town council members that the nearly 100 year old ordinance was outdated and prevented kids from getting the exercise they need during the winter months.

The law says it's unlawful to throw or shoot any stone or any missile at a person.

In this case - a snowball was considered a missile.

Even though the ban isn't enforced - Dane wanted to make sure his next snowball scuffle was street legal.

Board members voted unanimously and said a snowball isn't a missile.

"Today's kids need reasons to play outside research suggests that a lack of exposure to the outside can lead to obesity adhd anxiety and depression,” Best says. “Kids want to have snowball fights without breaking the law."

"It started out as a town of 6000 people it was supposed to be a quick meeting talk to the mayor and trustees,” Best’s father Derrick says. “Now he's getting interviewed by every news station in the state and newspapers across the country. It's pretty crazy. We're proud of him. Snowball effect I guess."

And after Monday night's success, Dane’s 4-year-old brother Dax had better watch out.

When board members asked Dane who he wants to hit, he pointed directly at his little brother.


Andrew Murphy

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