The extended period of dry weather we've been going through has kept firefighters in Lexington responding to dozens of brush and grass fires. Now with the 4th of July holiday coming up city leaders are considering a ban on fireworks.
"Numerous brush, grass, and leaf fires. More than seventy just in the last seventy-two hours. Just running on them almost constantly," said Battalion Chief Ed Davis of the Lexington Fire Department.
At least three structures were damaged by the fires. Davis says those three fires, as well as most of the others, were caused by people throwing away lit cigarettes.
"Standing next to a building, dropping it right in mulch, throwing it out car window. We just are constantly finding discarded smoking material," said Davis.
But several of those brush fires were caused by fireworks. That led to city leaders coming together this morning to decide if a ban on fireworks in Lexington is necessary. A press conference is scheduled outside of the mayor's office to discuss the possible ban at two o'clock this afternoon.
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