Firefighters hope rain reduces fire risk this Fourth of July

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HORN LAKE, Miss. -- Some Fourth of July barbecues in the Mid-South moved inside because of wet weather Monday, but folks wanting to shoot fireworks still planned to head outdoors.

Firefighters told WREG they hope that between the rain and smart use of fireworks, it will be a safe night.

"I don't want to ruin the Fourth, but we really need some help, need some rain. It's awful dry," said Lt. Richard Coggins with the Horn Lake Fire Department.

Coggins hopes some of the wet weather reduces the fire risk on what is likely a busy day.

He told WREG they already put out a roughly three acre fire near 51 and Turman.

While he said firefighters are not certain what the cause of the fire was, he said that this time of year, fireworks can often be to blame.

"I was thinking to myself that's probably the first of many," Coggins said.

He hopes folks setting off fireworks for the Fourth have fun but also use common sense.

"Try to keep it away from houses, shoot in an open area," he said.

"Letting the kids stay back, and you know, stuff like that," agreed fireworks customer James Nelson.

"Hopefully, the luck's on our side this evening," Coggins said.

A Horn Lake ordinance allows the use of fireworks between June 15th and July 5th, as well as around New Years.

Shooting off fireworks in certain places, like Shelby County, is illegal.

The National Council of Fireworks Safety suggests keeping water nearby.

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