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State urges people to bag fireworks

Posted July 4, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

— Wildfire observers want North Carolina residents to ditch their personal fireworks this year in favor of public Fourth of July displays.

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The state Division of Forest Resources said backyard fireworks trigger many wildfires around the holiday weekend that damage property and drain resources.

Wildfires have already burned nearly 70,000 acres this year – the highest total since 1986.

Crews are still battling a wildfire in eastern North Carolina that has consumed more than 41,000 acres. That fire has been burning for more than a month.

For those who don't plan to do their own fireworks, there are plenty of events happening in and around the Triangle.

Thousands of cyclists planned to line up in Cary Friday morning for the 16th annual 4th of July Firecracker Ride. They'll ride either a 50K (31 miles) or a 100K (62 miles).

At the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, food, families and fun will go together like red, white and blue. Gates open at 2:30, and admission is free. A fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m.

Cary will also have its annual fireworks at Booth Amphitheater.

New this year, a touch of Hollywood is coming to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The movie "Bull Durham" is turning 20, and its star, Kevin Costner, will help celebrate. He and his band Modern West take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Desiderata Jul 4, 2008

    Ok, do your own fireworks,drink, be merry and hope your time spent in the ER is worth it

  • Myword Jul 4, 2008

    I bought fireworks at a legal stand in Raleigh. If they don't want us to light them, then they need to have the courage to ban the sale. Yeah. Didn't think so.

  • Skywatch_NC Jul 4, 2008

    Or enjoy a mosquito-free time and watch the NYC Macy's and Boston Pops fireworks shows on TV.

  • shine Jul 4, 2008

    It is very dry outside - I know they are predicting rain for every day next week - It doesn't mean that you can't burn your house down or worse your neighbors.
    We have always dabbled around with these NC wimpy fireworks, but are careful -------- remember you can loose some fingers or a hand or set yourself on fire..... Everyone be careful and enjoy the holiday !!!!!!!

  • anonemoose Jul 4, 2008

    Same story, different year. We read this same story every year on the Fourth of July

  • All child molesters should die Jul 4, 2008

    NCSULandscaper, I just now saw your comment and how very true! You hit the nail on the head.


  • All child molesters should die Jul 4, 2008

    We bought "fireworks" if that's what you want to call them! LOL! Never bought them before. NC has wimpy fireworks, and they don't pop. We box a huge box and basically, all it is is sparkly stuff. We look forward to setting off our wimpy works! LOL!!!!



  • denverbob234 Jul 4, 2008

    word, you sound like a "good" neighbor. I am glad I don't live next to you.

  • Word Jul 4, 2008

    AND we are in a drought people! I know that my moron neighbors will be lighting their illegal fireworks, and I'll be calling the police!

  • happytobehere Jul 4, 2008

    Kevin Costner is in a band?!?!