Hot, dry weather keeps fireworks ban in place

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 8:17am

It's official:  The fireworks ban is set in stone for the Fourth of July holiday this year.  But people in Shreveport, Bossier City and parts of Bossier Parish are planning other ways to celebrate our nation's birthday.

Dry and hot, that is the forecast for the holiday weekend, which means a July 4th without popping our own fireworks.  "Their terms were that the soil was literally baking the vegetation from underneath and the sun was drying it out on top," said Shreveport Fire Department Chief Brian Crawford.  "According to the National Weather Service, that was leading to increased potential for grassfires, wild land fires to spread from just a single spark and spread very rapidly."

But people we spoke with in the ArkLaTex say they will not let it ruin their weekend.  Jessica Jones and Gene Washington will both try to beat the heat by either relaxing at the pool or staying in the air conditioning.

Even those who usually celebrate with fireworks have found other ways to enjoy the holiday.  "My nephews and my family, we always have a big fireworks show after we eat on the Fourth of July," said Cordara Newson.  This year, Newson and his family plan to take out the fireworks from their celebration and add in a pool and music.

Barbara Chatman has other plans to still get her fireworks fix this holiday by watching the fireworks display on the Red River.  That fireworks show on July 4 and the weekend display at the Captains baseball game are still a go.

Whether or not fireworks are in your holiday plans, most seem to agree the ban is for the best.

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