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Albany Firefighters say fireworks will be fire hazard

South Georgia firefighters are concerned about the fire danger over the holiday weekend.

They wanted us to stress fireworks safety again tonight.

We had scattered showers this week, but there is little rain in the forecast through the Fourth of July. We remain in an extreme drought.

One spark in dry vegetation could start a brush fire that could get out of control in a hurry.

Albany Fire Department Chief James Carswell said  "By the Fourth it's going to be dry again. So we want everybody to exercise caution if they decide to use fireworks. We would rather them not. We would rather them go to the professional shows and enjoy the fireworks there."

Nationwide in 2009, two people were killed in fireworks related accidents, and 9000 people treated in emergency rooms for injuries.

Firefighters say the extreme drought makes fireworks even more dangerous this year.

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