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Mixed reactions to firework bans

In East Prairie, people can still use ground fireworks. They just can't shoot of aerial ones. In East Prairie, people can still use ground fireworks. They just can't shoot of aerial ones.
Some people say they will go to other communities to watch their shows, or shoot off fireworks in areas that aren't under a ban. Some people say they will go to other communities to watch their shows, or shoot off fireworks in areas that aren't under a ban.
People said they're sad the skies will be dark on the 4th of July. People said they're sad the skies will be dark on the 4th of July.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Hot and dry conditions this summer are causing local cities and counties to enact burn and firework bans.

How do authorities enforce the bans? Local authorities said they treat a firework ban like any other city or county ordinance.

They said they're keeping an eye and ear out for the fireworks, to limit the number of fires, and protect people and property.

"It's awful dry," said Jody O'Barr of Matthews.

"It's so dry and hot," said Matthews Police Chief Anthony Comstock.

The weather's no secret, and neither are the burn and firework bans in cities and counties throughout the Heartland.

"It just takes the fun away from everybody," said Ansel Melton of Matthews.

"You hate to do it because kids enjoy it so much, but I think the good outweighs the bad," said Comstock.

"As dry as it is, any spark could create a catastrophe," said East Prairie Mayor Kevin Mainord.

Homeowners like O'Barr said they support the ban, because they don't want to lose their property.

"We don't need everything burning up," said O'Barr.

But, other people like Ansel Melton, wonder if it's an overreaction.

"We've never had a fire before, and we've done it every year, and it's always been dry like this," said Melton. "I don't know, people are just too worried about it."

Either way, people said they're sad the skies will be dark on the 4th of July.

"I hate to miss the pretty fireworks, but it is what it is," said O'Barr.

"Fireworks is always something I look forward to," said Mike Melton.

East Prairie's ban is specific. People can still use ground fireworks, they just can't shoot of aerial ones.

"Sparklers, they can do fountains, anything that they can keep on the ground we feel that's safe enough because they can watch it, and they know where it's at," said Mainord.

"That bottle rocket, you don't know where it went," said East Prairie Fire Chief Kyle Hutcheson.

East Prairie is one place that will still have a city show for the people to enjoy on the 4th.

"We want people to still be able to enjoy the 4th, and we think if we can have the fireworks display, we can control the circumstances," said Mainord.

"We have an adequate water supply; we have a great fire department, as long as the wind doesn't get up, the show's on," said Hutcheson.

Some people say they will go to other communities to watch their shows, or shoot off fireworks in areas that aren't under a ban.

"Watch what you're doing, use common sense, it can get out of hand so quick in these dry conditions," said Hutcheson.

Mainord said they don't want to cut back local fireworks sales, they just want to be safe.

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