Burning Ban Leads NC Beach To Cancel Fireworks

The hot, dry weather along the North Carolina coast has forced Carolina Beach to cancel its weekly fireworks show.

Town officials say the New Hanover County Fire Marshall told them the burning ban in place for the eastern part of the state means no fireworks Thursday.

Carolina Beach officials still plan to have a show next week and a big fireworks extravaganza on Independence Day.

State officials issued a burning ban this week for 27 counties south of U.S. 64 and east of Interstate 95 because of drought conditions and increased wildfire activity.

The ban on open burning will be in effect until further notice for the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Hyde, Johnson, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    Wouldn't it make more sense to follow through with a controlled, professional pyrotechnic display that has been set up with safety in mind... than cut that off and prompt people to find their own entertainment? I suspect not having a display to attend will bring the stupid out in people and make them want to set off their own.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    I hope it rains on the 4th then. Other wise the police will be busy. People do not follow rules and its sad but its truth. I will not be doing any fire works but I bet you can find them out there. I heard some the day before yesterday right outside in the neighborhood.
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      by *Big Brother* on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM in reply to
      What's that street addres?? What was the aproximate time, East or West of your house?
  • by Dawg on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Hope other counties are smart enough to follow Carolina Beach in doing what is right to protect people and property. As dry as it has been it will only take one spark to get another major fire going.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jun 24, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    You can go to NC's Gov website, look under press releases under DENR and it tells the counties that are covered.
  • by homeowner on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:00 AM
    WITN.... can you list which counties have a burning ban on at the moment? Thank you. I think there are a lot of people who would like to know this information... and it will help to maybe keep some people from getting themselves into a bad situation, especially with the holiday coming up.
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      by WITNTV on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:09 AM in reply to homeowner
      Good idea, homeowner. We've updated the story with that information.
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        by homeowner on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to WITNTV
        excellent!! Thank you very much!!

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