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City bans non-professional firework use due to dry weather

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

Fireworks are one of the biggest traditions associated with the Fourth of July.

But some cities in Eastern Kentucky are prohibiting people from setting them off.

You can buy them, but you can't light them, at least not within Prestonsburg's city limits.

Officials say the reason for the ban is the dry conditions.

They say a lot of the grass is brown and it would take very little for a small brush fire to turn into a major house fire.

Prestonsburg fire chief Bobby Carpenter tells Mountain News most people have been cooperative with the ban.

"A few people have been shooting. Our police department has issued warnings only. We have not, to this point, had to issue any citations for fireworks." Carpenter said.

But how has the ban affected those who sell fireworks?

Shop owners tell us the people who are buying fireworks are not spending a lot of money.

But, people in Prestonsburg can still see high-quality fireworks.

Despite the city's ban on recreational fireworks, its annual professional fireworks display, which is a big one, will still take place at Archer Park.

Creating a way to have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

Even if it means no fireworks.

The fire chief says he hopes to lift the burn ban as soon as the area gets some rainfall.

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