By Scott Harvey
As you celebrate the anniversary of our Nation's independence today; area officials urge you do so safely. Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix says you need to be aware of the potential of grass fires if lighting fireworks.
He says anytime you use any type of pyrotechnic, there's a chance that embers or sparks could fall. Nix recommends abiding by the instructions on the package, having water readily available and be sure those using fireworks are properly supervised.
Nix also says to not let recent rainfall fool you. Proper precaution still needs to be taken when lighting and shooting off fireworks because the land is still dry and very susceptible for fires.
Anyone who is to experience a fire is to call 911 immediately, as grass fires can start small but grow very big very quickly.
Fireworks are prohibited within city limits. Cities that prohibit such firework use include Commerce, Greenville, Quinlan, Cooper, Sulphur Springs, Paris, Bonham, and any other incorporated areas in Hunt, Hopkins, Delta, Lamar and Fannin Counties.