A 9-year-old boy convinced the authorities of a small northern city on Monday Colorado to undo a ban imposed almost a century ago on snowball fights, and you know who will be your first goal: your younger brother.
Dane Best, who lives in the Severance community, often covered in snow, presented his arguments at a city council session, and councilors voted unanimously in favor of his proposal.
"I think it's an obsolete law"Dane said before the session started. "I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting into trouble."
The boy's mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune newspaper that her son has not stopped talking about snowballs since he learned a month and a half ago that it is illegal to throw them into the city limits. The last time he snowed, Dane said he and his friends were careful not to have the police nearby and they were joking about breaking the law.
Kyle Rietkerk, Assistant City Manager for Severance, said the rule was part of a larger ordinance that prohibits throwing or firing stones or bullets on people, animals, buildings, trees and any other property or private or public vehicle . Snowballs fall within the definition of "bullets" of the locality.
"All children are always surprised that it is illegal to have snowball fights in Severance," said Rietkerk. "So what happens at the end is that (the authorities) always encourage the children by saying," You have the power, you can change the law "No one did it."
Until Dane took over the case.
After the success on Monday evening, Dane's brother, Dax, 4 years old, has to take care of himself.
During a meeting in November, when the advisors asked Dane who wanted to throw a snowball, the boy pointed directly to his younger brother.
Dane and his family have investigated the other Severance ordinances, including the one that defines pets only as dogs and cats.
Dane has a guinea pig in India, which is also illegal in Severance.