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Dry conditions make this 4th of July dangerous

In the past few weeks Redings Mill fire officials have fought a dozen fires related to the dry weather conditions. And while times are dry, fire officials say fireworks are an added danger.

Andy Nimmo\Fire Chief, Redings Mill Fire Dept. says, “They are extremely dangerous and when you add dry conditions like this it just magnifies the danger two-fold- and you have the danger of injuring yourself and now you have the added danger of fire starting as a result of it.” Nimmo

Fireworks are banned around devastated areas around Joplin.

In Redings Mill, where shooting off fireworks is legal, fire department officials warn fire danger is high.

Andy Nimmo\Fire Chief, Redings Mill Fire Dept. says, “The problem is they travel over great distances some of them do and you cant control where they are going to land or what they’re going to do and with everything being so extremely dry its just a very dangerous thing to do right now.”

Redings Mill fire chief warns that fireworks are extremely dangerous and the smallest spark can cause brush fires like the one behind me. And urges families to look into other options in celebrating this dangerous holiday.

Andy Nimmo\Fire Chief, Redings Mill Fire Dept. says, “The safest thing to do is go enjoy the community celebrations that are being put on professionally that are being attended by the fire dept., to try and keep them safe.”

Still families continue on with 4th of July traditions and stock up on fireworks.

Michelle Best\Resident says, “We try to keep it as safe as we can but we enjoy it a lot they have a good time with it so we enjoy our 4th of July”

Fire Chief Nimmo cautions that any outdoor burning fireworks or anything similar can start a fire and until there is substantial rainfall.

Brush fires are a high risk throughout the area.

Fire officials say that one bottle rocket can cause large grass fires. Dry conditions have fires starting quickly and extremely fast. Fire officials warn if a fire is to break out to call the fire department immediately to prevent surrounding areas from burning.

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