Dane Best was stunned to hear that it was illegal for him to hurl snowballs at his little brother within the city limits of Severance, Colorado.
The ban is technically part of a larger ordinance that was set in place 98 years ago. The ordinance states that it is illegal to throw stones or missiles at any trees, people, property, or buildings – and according to Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, snowballs fall under the "missile" category.
"All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance," said Rietkerk, according to the Associated Press. "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."
So for the last 98 years, Severance children have always doggedly thrown their winter weapons in secret – until this week.
After he discovered the town law a month and a half ago, Dane became determined to have the ban lifted. He gathered signatures from his classmates and encouraged them to write letters to the city council. Then earlier this week, he made a presentation at the town board meeting asking for the law to be changed.
Needless to say, the board members unanimously agreed to lift the ban on snowballs.
"We didn't know that, at his age, he could even have a voice in the community," Dan's mother Brooke Best told the Greeley Tribune. "So that's been pretty cool."