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Fire danger prompts county to ban sale or use of all fireworks for July 4 holiday

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It should be no surprise to anyone that Tyler County is suffering severe drought conditions. With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees every day, and precious little rain over the last couple of months, the danger of wildfires is extremely high (see the story above if there is any question of that). One victim of the extreme fire danger this year will be fireworks on July 4. Tyler County has banned them. Tyler County Commissioners on June 15 banned “restricted” fireworks, which includes those with sticks (like bottle rockets) or with fins, which are the only fireworks the county can normally ban. Commisioners were concerned, though, that the drought conditions which have led to a burn ban in the county for some time, needed a more aggressive response than a limited ban. The Texas Division of Emergency Management reviewed the request by Tyler County for an extension of the restrictions placed on the sale and use of fireworks under the Declaration of Disaster issued June 15 by County Judge Blanchette and recommended that the request be issued. Governor Perry granted the extension. On June 17, Blanchette issused a proclamation extending the prohibition through 7 a.m. July 5. Any kind of burning, including the use of fireworks, is extremely dangerous at this time. Help protect your neighbors home. Skip the fireworks this year.

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