A snow day wouldn’t be quite the same without a good, ol’ fashioned snowball fight—unless you happen to live in one Colorado town, where a snowball fight ban has been in place… Until now. We spoke with Severance, Colorado’s Communication Manager and Assistant to the Town Administrator, Kyle Rietkerk regarding the change.

For 98 years, the town of Severance, Colorado has outlawed the use of snowballs. The ordinance, which was established nearly a century ago, outlaws the throwing of “missiles” like rocks, or in this case, snowballs. Nine-year-old Severance resident Dane Best decided it was finally time to do something about this fun-squashing rule and took his case to the local town board.

“The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” Dane said during his speech, according to The Greely Tribune. “The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need a reason to play outside.”

Although no one has ever been charged with breaking the law over a snowball, many of the town’s kids, like Dane, are surprised to learn about the rule when they visit town hall. Rietkerk explained that for the past 10 years, local school classes visit the town hall on field trips where they are educated on the archaic law and encouraged to step up and try to make a change. However, out of the hundreds of kids that have come through, not one had taken the initiative—until now.


“Dane was the first,” Rietkerk said.

Dane worked hard all on his own to figure out the process he needed to follow in order to get the law repealed and it worked. Dane and his four-year-old brother, Dax, were the first to be granted the ability to toss completely legal snowballs in the town.

“We are proud of him for taking initiative to make some change, no matter how small it may be,” Derrick Best, Dane’s father, told CBS Denver.

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