Fireworks a Bad Idea This Weekend

12-29-05 - Forecasters are suggesting that people in Texas and Oklahoma keep their New Year's fireworks grounded.

The National Weather Service says more wind and higher temperatures may return to those areas on Saturday. And it's creating fears that fireworks would lead to another round of fires.

One meteorologist says shooting off fireworks on the final night
of the year "could lead to some really nasty fires."

Flames have already torn across the two states, burning almost
20 thousand acres and killing at least five people.

Officials say those fires were started mostly by people ignoring fire bans, burning trash, shooting fireworks or throwing out cigarettes.

Oklahoma's statewide burn ban will put a damper on New Year's fireworks displays. State and local officials say individuals are prohibited from setting off fireworks over the New Year's holiday under a burn ban in effect since November 15th.

An executive order signed by Governor Henry says it's unlawful to build a bonfire or burn trash or other material in all of the state's 77 counties.

But some confusion has developed over the issue. A state fire
official was quoted in a television story as saying the issue was
unclear.

Henry's spokesman, Paul Sund, says everybody appears to be on
the same page after the governor's office talked to the state fire
marshal.


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