The ongoing drought is forcing some cities in Southeast Missouri to put burn bans in effect immediately, including limiting the use of fireworks. New Madrid city has banned all fireworks due to the dry conditions. The city of Matthews has asked its residents not to shoot off firecrackers of any kind. And in East Prairie, Mayor Kevin Mainord Monday issued an executive order for no burning. They are also prohibiting the discharge of ALL aerial fireworks. Sparklers and ground level materials can be set off but only under adult supervision. Mainord tells KZIM KSIM the hot, dry conditions just don’t lend to random fireworks shot into the air. Mainord says they are still considering cancelling their annual community fireworks display on the 4th if they don’t get any significant rain in the next week. There are no-burn orders in Cape County, Bloomfield, Portageville, Oran, Morley, and rural Scott County.
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