Drought conditions make for a dangerous fireworks season

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's almost fireworks season and while there are always some risk if you're shooting off pyrotechnics, this year there is an added danger.

There is a severe drought for most of North Alabama this year with most of the counties needing 6-7 inches of rain to cover the deficit.

And with the Fourth of July right around the corner, safety is more important than ever.

"If you were to have a firework that malfunctions, put water on it," Captain Frank Mckenzie of the Huntsville Fire Department advised. "Don't try to go relight it, put water on it, put it to the side, don't mess with it anymore.   Another good thing to have around is either a water hose or a fire extinguisher because you never know what's gonna happen."

Statistics show that two out of every five fires reported on the fourth are related to fireworks. With the drought and a heat advisory in effect, taking precautions could save you, your family and even your property.

"The ones that go up in the air, the higher ones, a lot of people don't really realize that they could get caught up in a tree," Derek Burnett, a fireworks salesman, warned. "Also, some people get some taller fireworks, and don't really stabilize them."

Fireworks are beautiful and fun, but also illegal in some areas.

"In the city of Huntsville, fireworks are illegal," Capt. Mckenzie said. "You can't own or possess them or anything in the city, they can be confiscated and you can be ticketed for it."

Though illegal within the city limits, you can still use fireworks in the county.