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Posted on: June 29, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Fire Officials Urge Caution with Fireworks

Fire officials with the Manhattan Fire Department and the Riley County Fire Department are urging the public to be extremely cautious with the discharge of fireworks given the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Several Kansas cities and counties have banned fireworks due to the extremely dry conditions. Riley County and the City of Manhattan have not placed a ban on fireworks at this time, but there have been discussions to do so, if conditions warrant a ban.

Manhattan Fire Chief Jerry Snyder said, “Although we had rains last week, the extreme heat we are experiencing has dried everything out. With temperatures forecasted to be near 100 degrees through the Fourth of July and with no rain in the immediate forecast, dry conditions will continue to get worse. If you are going to discharge fireworks please follow the labeled directions and have a garden hose or bucket of water ready and available.”

Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins urges residents in rural areas to only discharge fireworks from manicured lawns or paved surfaces. “The grass is extremely dry and we have already had several grass fires,” said Chief Collins.

The following fire safety tips will help ensure everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July
• Have a garden hose or bucket of water ready and available prior to discharging fireworks
• If discharging from a grassy area wet down the area prior to discharging fireworks
• Aerial fireworks should not be shot over any area with overgrown grass or brush
• Do not shoot near or at any residence, standing structure, vehicles, or people
• Be considerate of your neighbors
• Remember, any person that starts a fire is responsible for any and all damage caused by that fire, and may be subject to the cost of the fire suppression

Please contact Fire Chief Jerry Snyder Manhattan Fire Department at 785-587-4504 or Fire Chief Pat Collins, Riley County Fire Department at 785-537-6333 with any questions.

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