Burn Ban Prompts Texarkana Authorities to Confiscate Fireworks

January 14, 2006--Posted at 1:45 p.m. CST

TEXARKANA--Firefighters in Texarkana have gone a search and destroy mission for fireworks in the southern Arkansas city because of the extreme dry weather and a county burn ban.

Firefighters collected three thousand dollars worth of sparklers, Roman candles, bottle rockets and others fireworks. But they were afraid the firecrackers would spark a blaze if they just
dumped them in the local landfill. So instead they put them into an enclosed barrel and set it on fire in a downtown parking lot.

The fire chief said it is always illegal to have fireworks in the city limits, but he wanted to be more strict because of the extremely dry weather.

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