Local Firefighters On High Alert This Holiday

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Fourth of July is a time for patriotism and fun, but it can also be a dangerous day.

Two Wichita families have already been displaced due to fireworks related fires. Still, local authorities tell KAKE News a fireworks ban is not necessary.

"It'd have to be really bad,” said Brad Crisp, fire marshal. “The drought would have to be really bad, we'd have to have a prolonged period of 100-plus weather, for a longer period of time than what we've had this year, no moisture, high winds."

The fire department said that the rules they have in place reduce the risk, and still allow people to enjoy the holiday. Those who shoot fireworks are advised to take their own precautions.

"I've got the water running out in the pasture, I've had it running all week to try and keep things wet, and green,” said Jeff Hollinger, Wichita resident. “Hopefully the wind cooperates and doesn't blow embers everywhere.”

Hot and dry conditions have forced some Kansas communities to cancel Fourth of July celebrations. A ban has been issued in Barnard, Beverly, Ellis County, Ellsworth County, Lane County, Lincoln, Lincoln County, Russell County, Sylvan Grove. Fireworks will only be allowed at Perry State Park and Elk City State Park of the Kansas’ 26 state parks.

Wichita residents who would like to report the use of illegal fireworks should call the non-emergency line at 316-290-1011.

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