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​Firefighters hope for safe July 4


Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July.  The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.


If the list of “Fireworks Safety Tips” from the Kansas State Fire Marshal sometimes sounds silly, it only goes to show how common sense is sometimes in short supply when explosives ...


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