Independent fireworks' shows off-limits due to burn bans

(WMC-TV) - On the eve of Independence Day, dry conditions have forced burn bans throughout much of the Mid-South. So what are the rules for fireworks this Fourth of July?

If you buy fireworks, chances are good that it is not legal to set them off where you live.

Much of the Mid-South is under a burn ban.

Violating the burn ban could have devastating consequences.

"Fires any moment of any time," said Shelby County Sheriff Spokesperson Chip Washington. "You've seen the devastation Colorado is dealing with right now and this could happen in Tennessee or anywhere at any time."

On the Fourth of July, there are two municipalities in Shelby County in which you can light off fireworks: Lakeland and Arlington.

If lighting them off anywhere else, you could face a fine for breaking the law.

"If a law enforcement officer does drive by and happens to see you on private property firing off fireworks it's a $50 fine," said Washington.

Mid-South area firefighters will be on alert over the holiday ready to respond but they hope people will heed the burn bans and instead, attend sanctioned firework displays instead of creating their own.

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