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Extending Fourth fireworks fun fizzles

Commission takes advice of county fire chiefs

Great Bend firefighters battle a blaze on the outskirts of Great Bend. It is the potential for fires like this that prompted county fire chiefs to oppose allowing more days to shoot fireworks in Barton County this year.

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After fierce opposition from fire chiefs across Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning rejected a resolution that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks in the unincorporated area of the county for the week surrounding the Fourth of July.

Since Independence Day falls on Wednesday this year, Sheriff Brian Bellendir asked that fireworks be allowed from 6 p.m., June 29, until midnight, July 8. This period includes both the weekend before and after the actual holiday, County Administrator Phil Hathcock said.

According to Hathcock, Bellendir’s thinking was the enforcement of a one-day discharge period with the Fourth ...

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