People urged to be careful with fireworks this year

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

July 4th is just a few days away, but record hot temperatures and dry weather over the past week have caused many counties to issue burn bans.

Thankfully some areas got some rain over the weekend, but still if you do plan on shooting off fireworks fire officials say you need to be extra careful due to the dry conditions.

"Where we are having such dry weather is to make sure that they are shooting them in a location where they are not going to catch anything on fire," said Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy.

He says just a little spark from a firework could catch the dry grass on fire.

He adds that having water hoses or buckets of water around is also a good idea.

But despite this dry weather, many people are still buying fireworks.

This is the first year vendors have been able to sell things like bottle rockets and roman candles due to a ban that was lifted last year.

Chief Stacy says these fireworks as well as sparkles are the most dangerous.

One fireworks vendor says that anytime people buy mortar shells, another item lifted from the ban last year, he makes sure the customer knows how to use it.

"We let them know how to place them in, not upside down, but top up. Shoot on level ground," said Caleb Maggard with Kaboom Fireworks in Hazard.

Chief Stacy says that due to last night's rain, Hazard will have their annual fireworks show Tuesday night at 10:00.

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