North Carolina burning ban halts Memorial Day fireworks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state agency says a burning ban covering 26 counties in North Carolina means fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited for the Memorial Day weekend.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture says in a news release that with nearly half the state in moderate drought status and little rain in the forecast, N.C. Forest Service officials urge North Carolinians statewide to be cautious and to avoid unnecessary risk with fire.

Since the burn ban took effect, the N.C. Forest Service has responded to more than 70 wildfires, although not all of them have occurred in the counties under the ban.

Feature photo: Fireworks display in Pinehurst by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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