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Burn bans issued ahead of July 4th celebrations

Temperatures across the mid-south have caused many counties to issue burn bans. Temperatures across the mid-south have caused many counties to issue burn bans.
Many are hoping the bans won't interfere with fireworks displays on July 4th. Many are hoping the bans won't interfere with fireworks displays on July 4th.

(WMC-TV) - New burn bans have been issued daily throughout the Mid-South due to the drought like conditions.

Dozens of counties are under a burn ban in Arkansas, including Lee, Crittenden, and Jackson.

DeSoto County, Mississippi also issued a burn ban. Along with Shelby and Tipton Counties in Tennessee.

This burn threat and dangerous heat are looming just days ahead of the busiest time for fireworks, the fourth of July.

Many are hoping the dry conditions will not get in the way of celebrations.

"You need to think about that the dry and no rain, you never know what could happen," said Tammy Green.

The owner of the firework stand at Highway 77 and Missouri Street does not think the conditions will hurt his business as he gets a lot of people buying to shoot over water away from dry grass and trees.

"We usually go downtown to see the fireworks, said Shawana Pratt.

Event organizers of the annual downtown Memphis fireworks show are taking extra precautions this year.

The fireworks will be launched from the southern tip of Mud Island at the river's edge.

The Memphis Fire Department will be on hand with both inspectors and a fire truck to monitor the show.

Still, others will still opt to purchase their own fireworks to put on their own show.

"With it being 4th of July I don't think they will care how hot it is," said a West Memphis resident. "Just cause its 4th of July."

Southaven also has a big fireworks show and so far they plan for the show to go on as scheduled.

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