Fireworks displays by three Jefferson County municipalities can go on as scheduled July 4, but the discharge of all fireworks outside of those shows won't be allowed under a burn ban ordered by Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb, officials said.
Fireworks displays by three Jefferson County municipalities can go on as scheduled July 4, but the discharge of all fireworks outside of those shows won’t be allowed under a burn ban ordered by Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb, officials said.
Karen Quarles, director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management, said the county’s burn ban was extended to personal use of fireworks because of dry conditions and the danger of wildfires.
July 4th events:
• The Pine Bluff Festival Association and the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department have scheduled a fireworks display at the amphitheater in Regional Park at approximately 9:05 p.m. Other activities during the “Red, White and Blues” event will be held starting at 4 p.m.
• White Hall will hold the annual fireworks display at Bulldog Stadium about 9 p.m.
• Redfield is planning a fireworks display at the baseball field at the city’s F.P. Baugh Park about 9 p.m.
Authorities said the discharge of fireworks was specifically prohibited under burn bans ordered by the county judges in Grant and Cleveland counties.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission said all counties but Drew and Desha in Southeast Arkansas were under burn bans Thursday and the discharge of any fireworks because of extremely dry conditions could result in a court summons.
The bulk of the state is under a National Weather Service heat advisory from noon Friday until 8 p.m. Saturday without a substantial rain. The service said the status may be elevated to an excessive heat warning.
In Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears extended the burn ban to fireworks, including the cities of Rison and Kingsland. Under a burn ban, no outdoor burning is allowed.
He quoted the legal counsel for the Association of Arkansas Counties as noting the ban prohibits fireworks as well.
Failure to comply with the burn ban can result in a ticket, Spears said.
Grant County Judge Kemp Nall ordered a countywide ban on open burning, effective Monday, upon the recommendation of the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The commission classified the fire danger as high in all of the state’s 75 counties.