Posted: Jun 26, 2011 12:23 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2011 12:23 PM
Source: Associated Press
SHREVEPORT, La.- Shreveport and Bossier City have banned fireworks sales through the end of June because of a drought and a forecast that calls for more hot, dry conditions.
Shreveport Fire Chief Brian Crawford told The Times that it was a difficult decision because of the tradition of shooting fireworks around July 4 and financial hits to fireworks vendors.
City-sponsored fireworks will be allowed to launch from a barge in Red River.
But Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker said Louisiana Downs won't be permitted to host its Fourth of July show. Both cities typically allow a 10- to 12-day fireworks sales period in conjunction with the holiday.