Boy, 9, Gets Town's Snowball Fight Ban Lifted

Colorado town didn't actually enforce ban, but throwing snowballs was technically prohibited
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2018 4:16 PM CST
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(Newser) – Thanks to a 9-year-old boy, a Colorado town no longer has a ban on snowball fights. Dane Best worked on his three-minute presentation for the town board in Severance for a month, and on Monday night, he delivered it and took questions from board members—and it worked. "The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world," he said in asking the board to repeal an ordinance prohibiting snowball fights that, per Fox 31, dates back to the 1920s. "The law was created many years ago. Today's kids need a reason to play outside."

He answered questions including whether he had spoken to his peers about safety issues, and he assured board members he had no plans to throw snowballs with rocks inside or to chuck snowballs at windows. After the town board officially, and unanimously, made snowball fights legal, the many children in attendance cheered, and Dane and his younger brother went outside with the mayor to throw the first legal snowballs ever thrown in the town. The ban hadn't actually been enforced prior to Dane's quest, the Greeley Tribune notes, but he still wanted to see it reversed; his grandfather notes that the boy learned a lot about local government during the process. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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