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12/28/05-Smith County

New Year's Fireworks Pose New Fire Threat

After seeing so many fires on the news lately,  Barbara Daniels is worried about holiday fireworks.

"We live in a cove on Lake Palestine, and there's no water. Particularly where people were shooting fireworks last night, there's no water down there at all."

Because of the current drought conditions, she's concerned about the safety of her house and her ailing husband.

"My husband is on oxygen all the time. We have a two story house. There's oxygen on both levels turned on all the time, and he would literally blow up, because he couldn't hear if fire were coming toward him. He wouldn't be able to hear that sound. So, I'm really concerned about it," Daniels said.

She's like a lot of East Texans. Curious why there's an emergency burn ban in place, but no restrictions on December fireworks sales.

Smith County Assistant Fire Marshall Marilynn Wilson says, "Our hands are tied, basically, in Smith County and across the state, because the governor has not declared a restriction on the sale of fireworks."

Today, Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton inspected local stands. He encouraged the owners to warn customers to be safe.

"Always be aware, what you send up in the air is going to come back down. Be aware of your impact area, where these fireworks are going to land. You have to remember these are explosives, even though they're small explosives, and they need to be treated with care and caution.," Seaton says.

Barabara Daniels hopes you will take that advice.

"The more responsible thing to do is wait. Put it on hold. Wait till we have rain."

She suggests ringing in this New Year with a whisper, not a bang.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting.

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