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Fireworks fly despite ban

Officials believe fireworks may have been to blame for the flames that tore through a house on Eddie Street last night. Today, neighbors say they hope more people pay attention to the fireworks ban.

The house was gutted in the overnight hours after Lexington Police say they got more than 600 calls about fireworks.

"I saw the flames coming and I said 'Oh my God! Oh my God!'" said Nila Sanches, who watched the house burn from her porch across the street.

"Our homes are so close by and it could have been really a disaster here," she said.

That house was unoccupied and no one was injured. Firefighters worked 3 structure fires overnight. Officials say they found evidence of fireworks here at the house on Eddie Street and they're investigating to find out whether or not they caused the fire. Mayor Jim Gray announced Monday that all consumer fireworks would be banned because of the dry conditions, but that hasn't stopped many in Lexington from setting them off anyway.

"They were going everywhere and they were going over people's houses and everything. They just do what they want to do and when they have a ban on stuff like that, people should take other people in consideration," said Sanches.

Mayor Gray says even though some people set off their fireworks in spite of the ban, most Lexingtonians obeyed the law.

"It's rare that you get full compliance, but our police and our fire were ready for enforcement, were prepared for enforcement, and fortunately, many of our citizens did respect the prohibition and the ban," said Gray.

Fire officials tell us that, in addition to these structure fires, they also had reports of 9 grass fires overnight.

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