June 30, 2005 – Posted at 3:27 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO -- Many towns across America are gearing up for the big Fourth of July weekend. Which means lots of parades, picnics and fireworks displays, but could the dry weather be dampening holiday fun?
Two towns have cancelled their fireworks display because of dry weather.
A spokesperson for the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce says unless it rains significantly before the Fourth, they will not have their annual fireworks display. The town is under a burn ban in Stone County. Also, a July Fourth firework display at the Cave City Park has been cancelled because of dry conditions.
“Lots of red, white and blue stars and little things that go up and explode, it's unbelievable!” exclaimed Trey Stafford of Triple F.M. Radio.
As organizers prepare for this year's Freedom Fest, they are keeping the forecast in mind. Despite the unusual dryness for this time of year, event organizers say the show will still go on as planned.
“We are working with the fire department, we're going to make sure they're on hand, so that if any fireworks do ignite or there are any fires around, we'll be able to get those out. We really don't expect any problems,” said Stafford.
But it's important to remember safety first when it comes to celebrating.
“Fireworks can start fires. We don't want to be shooting fireworks inside car windows and inside houses and like I mentioned before in open fields where the grass is dry and things like that because they can start a fire,” said Leonard Jadrich of the Jonesboro Fire Department, “One of the main precautions is safety. Fireworks aren't toys and a lot of people think they are. So we shouldn't be giving fireworks to small kids and letting them run around unsupervised.”
But don't forget to enjoy the show!