Heat, Drought Has Officials Worried About Firework Safety

ATLANTA (CBS ATL/WAOK) – After a weekend brush fire started by a model rocket in a Gwinnett County park, fire officials across Metro Atlanta urge people to take extra caution with fireworks this Fourth of July.

Ted Scartz was arrested after Gwinnett County Police said he shot off a model rocket at Alexander Park in Lawrenceville.

“This could have burned somebody’s house down,” a neighbor said. “This definitely should prove to everyone that it’s unsafe, that it’s very dry around here and to contain the fireworks that you do use.”

State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss said anything that emits sparks should be used with caution because of the drought. Fireworks like sparklers are permitted,

Garriss encourages the public to enjoy public fireworks displays instead of doing their own, but if you do light your own sparklers, he suggests doing it on a paved surface, and to make sure you have a water hose or a bucket of water nearby.

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