Fireworks damage minimal this year

By The Mercury

Fireworks-related incidents were minor this year and, based on preliminary reports, did not cause any monetary damage, officials said Friday.

Fire Marshal Rick Stillwagon said eight fireworks-related incidents were reported, including one roof that caught on fire from firework debris. But he said the fire was extinguished before crews arrived. Three grass fires and four dumpster or trashcan fires were also reported. Such fires happen when the firework is discarded while still hot.

Stillwagon credited the low number of incidents to recent rain and not very strong winds Thursday evening. The result was in contrast to a year ago, when a house was destroyed and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was reported.

Stillwagon said it is possible people were more cautious this year following the 2012 destruction of a home on Katherine Circle. That loss alone amounted to approximately $340,000.

Last year, firefighters responded to a total of 15 fireworks-related incidents,. Beyond the house fire, the most serious was a roof fire at an apartment complex on Dondee Drive, which caused $35,000 in damage.

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