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Firework Safety For Oklahoma Counties Under Burn Bans

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By Michael Konopasek, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Logan County grass fire and county burn bans are forcing people to be extra cautious with fireworks as the nation's birthday approaches.

We saw what can happen today when high winds and dry conditions meet. A fire in the Deer Creek earlier today burned about 100 acres.

With dry weather and temperatures hitting 103, Oklahoma County joined Canadian and Cleveland counties in issuing a burn ban. The Canadian County burn ban specifically states no shooting off of fireworks, but there's no such dictate in the Cleveland County burn ban resolution.  Residents should check with their county before setting off fireworks.

See if your county has issued a burn ban

"If there is a burn ban in your county then you have to be a responsible citizen," said firework dealer Becky Clowers. "If there is a burn ban, don't do it," she advised.

Clowers' firework stand at MacArthur and NW 164th is just more than 4 miles south of the Logan County fire.

Some of the extra precautions the business and shoppers are taking include dousing used fireworks with water, staying clear of tall grass, and making sure there is nothing overhead.

"If you're in a dry areas, don't just leave something after you burn it," said Clowers. "Make sure you are actually picking it up and taking care of it."

Brain Kettner says he buys fireworks from the stand at MacArthur and NW 164 every year. On Monday, he bought $150 worth and says safety will be a top priority.

"[We] shoot them off by the lake so we don't run into the problem of setting anything on fire," said Kettner.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety says it is important to have a sober designated shooter, and it's also important to have a garden hose or buckets of water on hand just in case.

The Oklahoma County Burn ban will be in effect for one month -- until July 27. If conditions improve the county can end the ban earlier.

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