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Fireworks amnesty program for dry Amarillo area

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AMARILLO, Texas — A fireworks amnesty program has been announced for some Texas Panhandle communities so banned explosives can be turned in and not set off during dangerous hot, dry conditions.

The city of Amarillo and Potter and Randall counties have joined forces to offer to pick up and dispose of illegal fireworks. The two counties are among 209 across Texas with outdoor burn bans Wednesday during the lingering drought.

Fire Marshal Terry McKinney said Tuesday that it's illegal to possess or store fireworks in the Amarillo city limits.

The amnesty program will give residents of Potter and Randall counties a chance, before the Fourth of July holiday, to also have old ammunition and gunpowder picked up with no fear of prosecution.

The explosives will be destroyed by bomb squad experts.