Fireworks ignite dozens of grass fires

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Area firefighters are blaming fireworks for the high number of grass fires last night. The constant work took a lot of manpower and resources. So tonight, they are reminding you to celebrate safely, and protect yourself and others' property.

As soon as the fireworks started popping, so did grass fires. Sherman and Denison fire departments had their hands full.

"We had around 15 grass fires that run from about, oh started about 8:30 till about 2:00 in the morning," Assistant Chief Bill Ray of the Denison Fire Department said.

"Most of these fires were small, but preventable," Chief Jeff Jones of the Sherman Fire Department said.

There were more than 30 grass fires related to fireworks in Denison and Sherman city limits, but even more county wide.

"I talked to the county Fire Marshall, and he reports that more than four dozen fires were reported over the last day and a half, and he believes the majority of those were also related to fireworks," said Jones.

Fire departments were well-staffed and expecting the calls. All of the fires were easily contained, but one in Denison continued burning throughout the day.

"We actually had 85 round bales of hay that caught on fire, and in fact, is still burning," Ray said.

If you are going to set off fireworks outside city limits, you are encouraged to be aware of the fire danger.

"We encourage anybody that does so, to do so safely and realize that although the grass may look green, there's a lot of dead vegetation below that. And the winds up, the humidity is down, which creates an increased fire danger for any open flame or spark created by those fireworks," Jones said.

"You want to have a hose, a garden hose with water run to it ready to go. Adult supervision, choose a platform to set your fireworks off on, and just be very mindful of them," Ray said.

According to Sergeant Bruce Dawsey with the Sherman police department, several citations were given out last night due to people popping fireworks in city limits.
Sherman police also confiscated a lot fireworks from residents.

Remember, the fine is $137 if you are caught with fireworks in city limits.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    fine fire work sellers
  • by farmer Location: okla. on Jul 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM
    so its a 137.00 fine if you pop fire works inside the city limits. why not fine them for poping them in the country. do you think we dont get tired of our pastures and stuff burning just because we live in the country? i get so sick of hearing ''we don't want them in town, go to the country.'' have you forgot who feeds you? the farmers do. and we dont eat fireworks. so if you dont want them in town dont send them to us. we are tired of it. also if the governors or county commissioners would have put the burn bans on alot of these fires could have been prevented. SO KEEP YOUR FIREWORKS IN SIDE THE CITY. WE ARE HUMAN ALSO.
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      by Carmen on Jul 6, 2012 at 02:51 PM in reply to farmer
      I honestly believe that fireworks ought to be BAN from being sold to individuals period! There are so many great, safe, fireworks shows all around us by the Cities, and at the lakes, that are very safe. Why put our neighboors in danger of losing and damaging their houses and fields, plus the extra work that our wonderful Firefighters have to do. The public shows, should be enough to entertain everyone. The present situation is playing with "Russian Roulete"!
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      by randy on Jul 7, 2012 at 01:00 PM in reply to farmer
      mr. farmer, you are so right why do we the people who live int eh country have to put up with the idiots from big cities and towns? yep just send them to tthe country and buy up their pastures, hay, barns, shops, homes, tractors, equipment, vehicles, livestock, and even humans. we dont need this here either. so keep your dang fire works at home were YOU belong too. god bless the farmers and ranchers
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