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Illegal fireworks scorch Southaven ball field

Fireworks caused hundreds of grass fires this weekend and one of those fires damaged a Mississippi ball field. Fireworks caused hundreds of grass fires this weekend and one of those fires damaged a Mississippi ball field.

(WMC-TV) - New Year's celebrations turned into a fiery problem for some Mid-South neighborhoods. Fireworks caused hundreds of grass fires this weekend and one of those fires damaged a Mississippi ball field.

Southaven firefighters responded to at least a dozen firework-related fires New Year's Eve night, one of which torched a city softball field.

Right field of a softball field at Southaven's Greenbrook Park was scorched.

"It started off in a circle," said Gary Robinson. "Then the circle just kept spreading. It was nothing but flames."

Wayward fireworks set right field afire, investigators say, even though fireworks are outlawed inside the Southaven city limits.

The good news is that only the grass burned and it was already dead anyway. The damage appears mostly superficial. In fact, if you rub you foot across it, that black char turns to dust and disappears.

Concerned neighbors unsuccessfully tried to stomp out the flames and ultimately firefighters had to douse the diamond.

"They said that was the twelfth fire that evening that they had put out," Robinson said.

"It just shows you why fireworks are illegal in the City of Southaven," said Alderman George Payne. "Thank goodness it didn't happen in someone's yard where it could've caught their house on fire."

No one was arrested and police did not issue any citations.

"Nobody was hurt, but it was the talk of the neighborhood for awhile," said Robinson.

At this point, there is no estimate on the damage done to the field, if any at all.

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