State Forester Linda Casey issued an emergency drought declaration temporarily banning discharging fireworks in 33 Alabama counties. Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk has joined in the issuance.
“The situation in our state is extremely dangerous for burning and for the use of fireworks,” Paulk said. “We are joining the State Forester in her efforts to prevent a tragedy in our state. We hope Alabamians will be patient through this time of danger.”
The ban exempts displays fired over water.
The Alabama Forestry Commission will accept applications for organized displays, such as those sponsored by municipalities or other organizations, and will consult with the State Fire Marshal before granting those permits.
The 33 counties where the ban is in effect are: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.
Source: Alabama Department of Insurance
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