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Residents report 3 fireworks incidents on Fourth of July

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

The Copperas Cove Fire Department responded to at least three fireworks-related incidents on the Fourth of July — a night emergency responders called “fairly tame.”

“We had three fires that were results of fireworks and they were all down around the Grimes Crossing area,” Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said. “They were all very small.”

Sgt. Julie Lehmann, Copperas Cove police spokeswoman, said they didn’t receive any “big” complaints about fireworks during the holiday weekend.

On July 4, firefighters responded to a grass fire on Grimes Crossing Road at 10:09 p.m., a grass fire on Colorado Drive at 10:13 p.m. and fireworks burning in a roadway at 10:45 p.m.

“One of them was out on arrival, and one didn’t take very much to put out,” Young said.

While the use of fireworks is prohibited inside the city limits, Young said the night was fairly calm despite the department not running its traditional fireworks patrol due to the declining number of reports of fireworks-related incidents in past years, Young said.

“There was really nothing significant, despite how dry it was,” he said, noting arid conditions are always a concern and can lead to small fires spreading quickly throughout an area.

Tall dead grass and brush are strong fuels for fires, and it doesn’t take much to start a fire when it is hot and dry, Young said. A spark from a firework or a cigarette can create a brush fire that can lead to property damage and injuries.

“I have seen times when people had fireworks and were not being safe,” Young said. “There have been injuries, and we have had fireworks calls where there has been property damage.”

Fireworks are prohibited in the city to protect people from harmful incidents to their property or themselves, Young said.

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