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Drought conditions pose fire dangers to Fourth of July celebrations, officials say

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Drought conditions make lighting of fireworks more dangerous, officials say (FOX Carolina) Drought conditions make lighting of fireworks more dangerous, officials say (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Fire officials at Boiling Springs Fire Department are urging revelers for the Fourth of July to remain vigilant and prevent brush and house fires as they light fireworks in drought conditions. 

The fire department said they receive a lot of phone calls during the Fourth of July, especially during drier summers. Chief Scott Miller said many of those fires are preventable by taking extra precautions. 

Some tips include watering the area where you will be lighting fireworks, so the ground is moistened before you begin and the risk of fires is lowered. Another tip officials gave was for people to soak already burned fireworks in water after use, to limit the possibility of the explosives igniting again in the wind. 

Managers at Poor Paul's Fireworks Shop in Spartanburg Co. said this is the busiest time of the year for them as people come in to purchase explosives. It's a time for people to be extra cautious, especially as the Upstate suffers from an abnormally dry summer. 

"In the past we have had a high volume of calls, specifically due to fireworks discharge in those areas where the fuel source (brush, weeds, etc.) is dry and unmaintained," said Chief Miller. 

Firefighters said the best advice they can give to people wanting to lower the risk of causing fires this Independence Day: watch the fireworks at any public or professional show instead of lighting them yourself. 

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