By municipal and state codes, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has declared a local disaster emergency due to historic conditions and extreme drought.
Effective at 5:00 p.m. Friday, lighting off personal fireworks will be banned in the city of Evansville. That ban will last for seven days.
"Since it's so hot out, everybody wants to get out of the sun. So, typically, they'll put it on the porch, in the garage, under a tree. And it's unbelievable if it's dry and the grill gets away how fires can start that way," said EFP PIO Dan Grimm. "People were surprised that it didn't include fireworks, and because of the extremely dry conditions we have, they felt that it should have been included. I mean if you're in a car wreck, that's not when you put the seatbelt on, after the wreck. You put it on beforehand. So, we're just asking people to be proactive and let's do a little policing of our own and try to keep it safe for everyone out there."
"These are extraordinary conditions and if you just look at the statistics or drive down the street and look at what yards look like, you can tell, these are very very dangerous conditions," noted mayor Winnecke.
The public fireworks display is still on as of now, but the status of that show could change depending on wind conditions July 4th.
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