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Tallahassee officials warn of fireworks dangers due to dry weather conditions

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 13:58:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Authorities are warning residents in the Big Bend of fireworks. This is especially important due to some counties still having hurricane debris.

This is especially important since we've had such dry conditions in parts of our viewing area. Also, some of the western counties in Florida and southwestern Georgia counties still have hurricane debris which makes it more dangerous.

The dry weather conditions can cause an increased risk at starting wildfires.

"With the amount of debris on the ground with the storms we had, especially with Hurricane Micheal in October, I think our wildfire risk has gone up," said Todd Schroeder, with Tallahassee Forestry Center. "I think the goal for the Fourth of July in Tallahassee area is to have no wildfires caused by fireworks."

And here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to remember this holiday.

  • If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.