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Firefighters warn of firework hazards with dry grass

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

If you're heading up north this summer you should know the rules about starting fires.

The Department of Natural Resources said it's not OK to burn brush and debris north of Bay City, but it is OK to have a contained fire in a pit.

Randy Burgdorf bought his summer supply of fireworks at All Seasons Fireworks in Saginaw. On the Fourth of July he puts on a show for his grandchildren at his cabin up north.

"They love it," Burgdorf said.

More and more people are like Burgdorf and make fireworks a tradition.

"We've expanded with the new laws and everything that came about a few years ago," said Bill Johnson, with All Seasons Fireworks.

Johnson said the state giving the OK for fireworks to shoot into the air has helped his business thrive.

However, with more and more people shooting them off and very dry conditions in Mid-Michigan, firefighters have real concerns.

"You've got to be conscious of what goes up also comes down and we have had instances where structure fires were actually caused where rockets or projectiles moved across areas into another dry area and caused a structure fire," Saginaw Fire Marshal Ralph Martin said.

Martin said dry grass and fire is a dangerous combination. He said there's a simple step you can take to prevent a fire.

"Make sure you water your grass down. Maybe wet it done, get a little dampness. Make sure you have a charged water hose nearby just in case it gets out of control," Martin said.

Johnson said he always tells his customers who are purchasing his fireworks to always keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby.

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