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Dry conditions means a risky Fourth of July

June 25, 2007

Albany-- The drought may also hurt your fourth of July celebration. Sales at Phantom Fireworks on Dawson Road have been slow.

Some Georgia communities are banning fireworks this summer. That's not the case in Dougherty County. If you decide to use fireworks, you need to be especially careful this year.

"Try not to do it where trees are above the fireworks. Have a water hose running or a bucket of water handy. Better to be safe than not,"said Michael Pearlman from Phantom Fireworks.

Of course remember, exploding fireworks are illegal in Georgia. Only sparkler-type displays are legal, and they're restricted from going higher than 15-feet or 7-feet in diameter.

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