REDINGS MILL, MO--- Increasingly dry conditions across the Four States are resulting in a growing list of counties issuing bans on open burning and fireworks. Webb City, Parsons, Neosho, and Bourbon Counties currently have burn bans in place, Redings Mills could be next.
"There may be local communities and cities that have different standpoints on that, and I'm sure as we get closer to the 4th of July we will start hearing about fire works bans and things of that sort, but we are just going to focus on outdoor burning right now," states Andy Nimmo, Redings Mill Fire Chief.
The language in each burn ban is different. So fire officials encourage people to call their local fire protective services to make sure it's safe to set off fireworks. Redings Mill Fire Chief, Andy Nimmo says regardless of what is prohibited by a certain county, if conditions don't change, setting off fireworks could be dangerous.
"I'm gonna be honest and say and it's probably not going to be the popular thing, but there's really not a safe way right now it's to dry and fireworks travel over a long distance," says Chief Nimmo.
If you do decide to use fireworks during a burn ban, fire experts recommend staying clear of tall brush.
"They need to do it away from structures particularly barns that have hay and other things in them. They need to have water on hand so that if they do see a fire start, they can immediately extinguish it," says Nimmo.
If you plan on using fireworks, experts recommend you only light one at a time, never try to relight ones that have malfunctioned, and dipping them in water before throwing them in the trash.