The drought-like conditions in our area are making plans for a home party that features fireworks a questionable choice. The 4th of July is a little over a week away and there is not much rain in sight so the Zanesville Fire Department says to leave it to the professionals.
Firefighter Kenny Jones wants everyone to know how dangerous fireworks can be and this year there is an even bigger concern due to the dryness.
"Its very dangerous because if you're shooting fireworks off you don't know where they're going to land, a lot of times they might fall over and you don't know what they're going to do and with as dry as it's been this year you can cause a grass fire," said Jones.
According to Jones, normally everyone is pretty safe, but in the past there have been a few incidents with fires breaking out.
Jones says to stay legal remember the four S; smokes, snakes, sparklers and snaps. Anything that explodes is not legal to shoot off in the state of Ohio.
He knows people will be heading out to purchase both legal and illegal fireworks and reminds them to stay safe this Fourth of July.
"If you do use fireworks, use total precaution, stay safe and have a hose around, do something. In general we ask you to not do it because it is illegal in the state of Ohio," added Jones.
The Zanesville Jaycees are again sponsoring "Stars And Stripes On The River" which is a two day event with fireworks at 9:45 on July 4th at Zanes Landing Park.