Sparkling sparklers in hands. Playing firework to celebrate winter holidays with friends at party

Fire Marshal Warning Against Fireworks Amid Drought

The Missouri State Fire Marshal is asking Missourians not to shoot off fireworks this 4th of July because of drought conditions across the state.

State Fire Marshal Tim Bean says drought conditions are worsening and anything that can cause a spark, like fireworks, could start a fire.

The State Fire Marshal does not have the authority to prohibit fireworks, but county commissioners can issue burn bans. Bean says some communities have cancelled their fireworks displays.