Dry conditions cause concern for holiday fireworks

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The dry conditions are causing some concern for the fireworks to be set off for the holiday.

Authorities are warning of the higher risk of fire and personal injury with the lack of rain and extreme dry conditions. Firefighters in Hamilton are urging citizens not to set off fireworks because they say the fireworks can quickly become an out-of-control fire.

Hamilton Police and Fire Departments are also reminding residents that fireworks are illegal to possess, sell and discharge. In 2011, Hamilton Police and Fire Departments responded to 132 calls regarding fireworks.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal issued a Warning of Extreme Fire Danger and is urging Ohioans to be extra cautious during the holiday.

Ohio is not the only state affected by the dry conditions, Laurel Town Council and Laurel Fire Chief have ordered a ban on open burning and fireworks until further notice.

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