Ellsworth Issues Emergency Fireworks Ban
KSAL Staff - Thu 03:08 PM 06/28/2012
The hot, dry, weather prompts a central Kansas community to issue a fireworks ban.
The Ellsworth Police Department tells KSAL News that an emergency fireworks ban was enacted Thursday. Until further notice, fireworks cannot be ignited in the city limits of Ellsworth.
The forecast is for temperatures mostly above 100 until at least the 4th of July. And it could continue beyond that.
Within the past couple of days there have been several large wildfires in Kansas. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management says a large grass fire in Phillips County was contained Wednesday evening, as were fires in Rooks and Ellis counties. Other fires were contained earlier Wednesday in Russell County, and near Great Bend in Barton County.
Fireworks are blamed for a fire in rural Saline County late Wednesday night. Rural firefighters were called at around 10:45 in the evening to the report of a fire in a field in a stubble field in the 2500 block of South Holmes Road. It was started by someone illegally discharging fireworks from the road. Firefighters were able to get the fire out quickly before it caused any damage.