9 Year Old Boy Ends 98 Years of Snowball Prohibition in Colorado Town

Since the state legalized cannabis in January 2014, Colorado has been synonymous with ending prohibition. This week, a town in the Centennial State is making headlines for ending another wildly obsolete ban. 

Last night, the small town of Severance (population 3,165) has finally legalized snowball fights after 98 years of prohibition

Yes, the happy-go-lucky winter tradition had technically been illegal in this town since it was incorporated back in 1920. The anti-snowball rule was part of a larger ordinance banning people from throwing "missiles" at people or property, according to the Greeley Tribune

While the ban was not enforced by town officials, 9-year-old Dane Best was still determined to scrub the absurd law from the books "I think it’s an outdated law...I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble."

So at a town meeting on December 3, young Mr. Best stepped up to the plate and made his case for lifting the ban, saying that "the children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world." He assured the town board that he will not throw snowballs at windows, or put rocks in snowballs.

His presentation was well-received - although one board trustee asked if it was possible to "amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60, no one can throw a snowball at you?" 

Then, after the meeting, Dane and his little brother Dax threw the first legal snowballs in the history of Severance. 


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