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Residents take firework precautions at home displays

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Posted: Jul 4, 2011 10:11 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Jul 4, 2011 10:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: fireworks, precautions, drought, display, water, sprinkler, Livingston

LIVINGSTON PARISH- People took action to protect property from fire this Fourth.

A state-wide burn ban was put into effect a month ago, but parish leaders had the say-so about fireworks. Livingston and Ascension went back and forth, but eventually said okay with a warning.

While we didn't find any fire departments with extra hands on-deck for the holiday, we did find one man with plenty of extra pyrotechnic protection.

He loaded all fireworks on a platform, way above ground, but saturated the ground with sprinklers the night before and during the display.

Fire extinguishers were also on hand.

All the extra precaution was in light of the danger the current drought presents. Forecasters say despite off and on rains in the last few weeks, Louisiana is still several inches short of showers it normally gets and needs.

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