Jun 17, 2011 11:25 PM by Shawn Kline

Drought forces parts of Acadiana to ban fireworks on July 4th

With the Fourth of July just a few weeks away and the weather being so hot and so dry, will your favorite fireworks display blast off?
That question answered in at least one Acadiana community- In Maurice, the fireworks ban will remain in place through the holiday when it's usually lifted; all thanks to mother nature.

"We want to avoid the instance of bottle rockets going onto the roofs," Mayor Wayne Theriot said. "There's a lot of trees, and gutters with dead leaves," he listed the possible disasters.

Theriot is already pulling the plug on the village's Fourth of July fireworks due to one of the worst droughts in 20-years.

"There's a lot of dead growth around and we want to avoid the grass fires and brush fires," Theriot said.

Local fire experts say it's a good decision- Lafayette firefighter, Alton Trahan says the dry conditions in Acadiana can be extremely dangerous.

"It's so dry." Trahan says, "if you're shooting an airborne firework, you don't know where it's going to land and that can easily catch a field on fire."

So far, Maurice is the only place to publicly announce the continuation of a fireworks ban through the Fourth of July. In Lafayette, there is no ordinance to lift the ban and the use of fireworks during the holiday remains illegal within the city. Other towns famous for their displays- including Youngsville and Erath are still on schedule to celebrate the nation's 235th birthday with a blast.

As the drought continues, more areas could announce the continuance or installment of a firework ban on July 4th.



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