Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

July 3, 2012

W.Va. fire marshal: Fireworks on 4th a bad idea

CHARLESTON — West Virginia fire officials are worried people may be planning to celebrate July 4th with personal fireworks displays, and they’re strongly advising against it.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Carol Nolte says the risk of fire is too high in the aftermath of a storm that still has nearly 348,000 people waiting for power.

Conditions across the state are extremely dry. The brown, crunchy lawns were already fuel, but Nolte says the downed trees and limbs add even more potential tinder.

At the same time, water is in short supply in many areas. Nolte says several fire departments have already called, saying they worry they won’t have enough water to douse any fires that start.

Fire marshals also warn people not to burn trees or any other debris from the storm.

 

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