Hot and Dry Conditions Add to Fireworks Risk

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FULTON - With people across mid-Missouri celebrating the 4th of July, fire officials urged extra caution Wednesday because of the extreme temperatures the area has experienced in the past week.

The dangers posed by the dry conditions aren't limited to brush fires. Fulton Fire Department Captain Carl Stassel said, "with those dry conditions as they are, those fires can spread to structures." This is only the second year the city of Fulton has allowed residents to set off fireworks. Stassel advised residents planning to set off fireworks to, "water down the area that you're going to be firing fireworks off in, keep a bucket of water there, a hose, that kind of thing and monitor the situation."

Earlier in the week, Booneville, Eldon and Hartsburg all postponed their firework shows due to the high temperatures and dry conditions. The Columbia Fire in the Sky show is still on.