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DALLAS (AP) — Fire crews are reporting a rash of grass and other fires in many areas of Texas caused by fireworks lit as part of Fourth of July celebrations.

Fire officials in Travis County said Friday there were approximately 30 grass and trash fires in Austin and nearly as many reported in other parts of that Central Texas county.

Dallas firefighters responded to 24 grass fires Thursday evening and early Friday morning, in addition to four structure fires. Authorities have confirmed that at least six were caused by fireworks.

North Texas crews in rural parts of Tarrant County responded to at least 11 grass fires.

In the Panhandle, Amarillo authorities responded to just a few fires, but received more than 450 calls complaining about fireworks violations, fights or other disturbances.

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