Fourth of July celebrations along with the dry weather is a worrisome combination. Officials are on high alert with fireworks over the holiday weekend due to very dry conditions.

Fire officials are urging residents to be extra careful this holiday weekend when lighting fireworks because of the dry drought like conditions.

David Lee has been shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July for as long as he can remember. But this year, he says he is leaving it up to the professionals. “Definitely not worth it. Too many houses, too many fields, woods, just not the year to do it,” said David Lee.

Many areas across the Tennessee Valley are in moderate to severe drought conditions. It makes for a dangerous combination with fireworks. “With the extreme drought like this I do believe there needs to be restrictions going on right now.”

Dallas Bay Assistant Fire Chief, Jack Brellenthin says it is illegal in Hamilton County to shoot off fireworks. But if you are lighting up your own, remember to have a hose or bucket of water nearby. “When the fireworks are done take the spent fireworks and put them in a bucket of water and leave them overnight.”

He said light your fireworks on concrete, but if you have to use grass, make sure it's wet. “Conditions are really ripe for fires to spread quickly under these dry conditions.”    

He said it only takes one spark to cause a massive fire. That mixed with dry grass can be a fiery show, and not one neighbors hope to see. “Fires can run almost as fast as we can walk or run under these conditions. It is very important to be very careful this time of year.”

He wants everyone to enjoy everything that's great about this country but said it's important to be safe while celebrating the red white and blue. “Common sense. Be very careful. Have water available. Don't shoot drunk.”

  • Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks
  • Never point fireworks at another person
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and trees
  • Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water and keep a garden hose on hand