Snowball fights now legal in Colorado town after boy’s quest

Blanche Robertson
December 6, 2018

McLeod said the council meant to change the law to allow snowballs, while still prohibiting missiles. 10-5-80, that said, "It is unlawful for any person to throw or shoot any stone or any other missile upon or at any person, animal, building, tree or other public or private property; or at or against any vehicle or equipment design for the transportation of persons or property".

Brooke Best told HuffPost her son initially asked her to lead the charge to have the law changed.

Dane spent about two months researching the subject and spoke to town administrators, who suggested he come to the November meeting of the town council.

Dane Best, a third grader at Range View Elementary School in Severance, Colorado, had 20 of his classmates write letters of support, and gave a presentation to the town board on why it should be legal to throw snowballs.

"I asked my mom if I could (ask council to change the law), and she called town hall".

He delivered a presentation on the subject to a local town board, who backed his message on Monday night.

Dane has a guinea pig, which is illegal in Severance, too.

"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", Dane told town council members on Monday, according to The Greeley Tribune. "And, I want to throw a snowball without getting in trouble", Best argued.

"I think it's an outdated law", Best said before the meeting.

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"(The 98-year-old law) says no missiles.

Best satisfied other, more serious, questions, agreeing with the board that kids should not throw snowballs with rocks in them - and that they should not target windows.

Just minutes after the ban officially ended, McLeod presented Dane and his little brother Dax with the first legal snowballs in the town's history. The board acknowledged the ordinance was probably as old as the town itself, the Greeley Tribune reported.

"We are proud of him for taking initiative to make some change, no matter how small it may be", said Derrick Best, Dane's father.

'He's always been timid and bashful, so when he told me he was doing that, I said, "Good for you Daners,"' said his grandfather Rick Best.

'Especially at this age now, to be able to do that.

And Dane may not be stopping at snowballs.

The nine-year-old recently discovered that he's also been breaking another odd Severance law.

According to town policy, you can only have three cats or dogs total.

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