- For years, there was a technical ban on snowball fights in Severance, Colorado.
- But Dane Best, 9, wanted to change that.
- He led a campaign to challenge the ordinance, which prohibits throwing objects – including snowballs.
- The town backed his campaign.
- Snowball fights are allowed again.
In Severance, Colorado, a century-old ordinance that dates back to the town’s founding prohibits “throwing stones or missiles,” which includes snowballs, at property or people, according to the BBC.
But 9-year-old resident Dane Best wanted to change that.
On Monday night he brought a case for snowballs to the town board.
“The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” Best said, according to the Greely Tribune. “The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need a reason to play outside.”
His presentation, which lasted a total of three minutes, worked, per the Tribune. When town officials announced the news, the crowd, mainly comprised of Best’s friends and classmates, erupted in cheers.
Best first learned of the law on a school trip to the town hall earlier this year, per the Associated Press.
“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Kyle Rietkerk, told the AP before the meeting. “So, what ends up happening is (town leaders) always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power you can change the law.’ No one has.”
That has since changed.
After the meeting, Dane and his 4-year-old brother, Dax, were allowed to throw the first legal snowballs in the town’s history.
Now, according to the AP, Best has his sights set on some of the town’s other outdated laws – namely, one that outlaws any pets besides cats or dogs. The 9-year-old is personally invested in the issue, according to the outlet – he owns a guinea pig.
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