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No more firework ban for Potter and Randall County

June 24th marks the first day people can sell firework outside Amarillo city limits, in preparation for the fourth of July.

In the past two years people have not been legally allowed to launch them, but a county ban has been lifted to allow this inside Potter and Randall County lines.

Recent rains are the reason there are no longer firework bans the Amarillo counties. But with a hot and dry forecast, safety officials are still worried that there may be some negative repercussions.

"I still hope the people realize that just because of the recent moisture and everything we've had here in Amarillo, we have still underlying grass, dried grass that will ignite very easily," said Dee Aduddell, a Potter County Lieutenant.

The Randall County Fire Department says last year they responded to over 20 firework related fires. This year with the ban lifted, they tell us they hope there isn't more.

"Even though the drought index is lower, the field moistures can dry out significantly, and even though it appears to be green, we could have a problem with grass and wild land fires due to fireworks," said Dennis Gwyn, the Randall County Deputy Fire Chief.

Fireworks inside city limits continue to be illegal, but there are also some restrictions within county lines.

"In the past we have had problems with people coming out into the county and discharging fireworks along the side of the roadways which is illegal, and also in parking lots. In school parking lot, a church parking lot or a child care parking lot. Those are some of the prohibited areas they cannot discharge fireworks," said Aduddell.

The Potter County Sheriff's Department says there will be an increase in officers and firefighter during the weeks leading up to the fourth of July to make sure everyone is safe when setting off their fireworks.

We also learned, if you are going to launch fireworks outside city limits, it must be on private property or you must have permission to be on someone's land.

Colleen Nelson, NewsChannel 10.

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