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Colorado Boy Convinces Town To Overturn Ban On Snowball Fights

06 December 2018

Minutes after the decision, Best and his little brother wasted no time enjoying their newfound freedom, going outside for an impromptu snowball fight and, in the process, tossing the first "legal" snowballs in Severance history.

He learned about the century-old law while on a field trip with his school to town hall and was completely shocked.

"If it's important to you, you need to do it, '" Best said she told Dane.

"I asked my mom if I could (ask council to change the law), and she called town hall. If you feel this is something you want changed, then let's take the steps and see if it's something you could do, '" Semmen Best told ABC News. It was reportedly part of an ordinance that prohibited the throwing of stones and other "missiles" in the town, which has a population of about 3,000 people and is about 65 miles north of Denver. Under the current definition, that includes snowballs.

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"All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance", Rietkerk said. "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".

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.

And after Monday night's success, his 4-year-old brother Dax had better watch out. "Kids want to have snowball fights without breaking the law - kids want to have a voice in our town".

On Monday, the young politician gave his presentation to the Severance Town Board.

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"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", he said.

"(The 98-year-old law) says no missiles. "Little kids should be allowed to throw snowballs at each other".

Dane assured the board that he would never throw snowballs with rocks inside of them at anyone, and that he has never thrown a snowball at a window.

After Best fielded some tough questions from town officials, the Severance board voted unanimously to update the language and legalize snowballs.

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He collected letters and signatures in support of snowball fights, did some research and presented his case at a Severance Town Council meeting on Monday. However, the snowball aspect wasn't enforced.

Dane's family said they are proud to see their son take the initiative to make a change.

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Colorado Boy Convinces Town To Overturn Ban On Snowball Fights