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Dry conditions create fireworks fears

By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email
By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email

Lexington Fire officials told NEWSFIRST they have concerns about the growing drought conditions and what it may bring along with it. The combination of recent dry weather, and rising temperatures are not helping the situation.

With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, fire officials say people shooting off fireworks could present even more problems. "This is a pretty bad drought right this minute. I don't think it's as bad as some of them we've had in the past, because I've not heard of the water shortages yet, but we are heading in that direction it seems like," said fire Batt. Chief Ed Davis.

Today City Council members met to discuss the dry conditions and the new fireworks ordinance put in place following last year's Fourth of July. That holiday resulted in the city receiving more than 550 noise complaints.

"We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis," said Clay Mason, Commissioner of Public Safety.

Right now Lexington fire officials say grass and mulch fires are the biggest fire threat. They say most of those are caused by improperly disposed cigarette butts.


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