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June 23, 2013

Fireworks sales start this week

— Fireworks go on sale in Texas Monday, for the annual 10-day run leading up to the July 4 holiday.

The use of fireworks is illegal inside the City of Greenville, as well as inside all of the incorporated cities within Hunt County. However, their use is permitted in the unincorporated areas.

There is no burn ban in place in Hunt County and there is no ban on fireworks. Although most of the county remains under moderate drought conditions, enough rain has fallen recently that as of Saturday, the Texas A&M Forest Service listed Hunt County under a low danger of grass and wild fires.

Even so, local and state fire officials are still urging caution in the use of fireworks.

The Texas A&M Forest Service recommends the following precautions for safe fireworks use:

— Check for and obey any burn bans and fireworks use restrictions.

— When and where outdoor burning is allowed, create a firebreak (down to bare dirt) around any outdoor fire before igniting the materials to be burned.

— Keep tools and water nearby just in case a fire starts. It doesn’t take much of a spark or burning ember to ignite dry, fine-textured fuels like grasses and weeds.

— Read and follow label instructions on how to properly discharge fireworks.

— Only use fireworks with close adult supervision.

— Use fireworks only in areas clear of dead, dry grass and weeds.

— Avoid using fireworks, particularly aerial varieties, around buildings. Winds can carry hot fireworks onto roofs where leaves or other flammable debris may have accumulated.

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