NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texans are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. But, before you buy those fireworks keep in mind many counties have banned them.
Drought conditions across the metroplex are so bad that one city has even canceled its public firework display.
The annual fireworks show in DeSoto is canceled. Each year, DeSoto and Lancaster collaborate on the display held at Meadowcreek Park, which is a wooded area.
The fire marshal said having the show is just too risky, since those trees and shrubs would have been very near the firework blasts.
One of the main reasons DeSoto canceled the show is because of a fire on June 18. The local fire department had to help fight the 230-acre blaze that sparked between Dallas and Ellis County.
The fire destroyed a house, dozens of other buildings and five vehicles. After fighting the blaze, the fire department realized just how dry and dangerous current conditions are.
The non-fireworks involved July 4th celebration being held at the DeSoto amphitheater will go on as planned Monday.
Parker County and Ellis County have also banned fireworks. But, there are still counties where residents are allowed to shoot off their own fireworks, including: Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties.
While fireworks are illegal for residents to have within Fort Worth city limits there are several public shows going on in the city.
But, there are still other public displays you can enjoy across North Texas.
The City of Dallas is having its traditional Fourth of July celebration at Fair Park.
Keep in mind, though, it is illegal for Dallas residents to set off fireworks in the city. In fact, over the holiday weekend, Dallas firefighters will be patrolling parks, lakes and neighborhoods for illegal fireworks.
Residents are allowed to have fireworks in unincorporated parts of Dallas County, but only with a permit.
Everyone out enjoying their Fourth of July across Texas is just being asked to be mindful that the entire state is under a burn ban.