Numerous fire calls over the weekend were related to fireworks. Great Bend Fire Department Chief Mike Napolitano said there were at least 20 fireworks-related fires between 12:15 a.m. Sunday 12:10 a.m. Tuesday — 14 in Great Bend and six in the county.
GBFD also made one mutual aid run to Hoisington on Sunday, for a structure fire that was not specifically linked to fireworks. (See page 6 for more information on the Hoisington fire.)
A Chrysler 3000 was destroyed by a fire that was reportedly caused by fireworks in the trunk of the vehicle. That fire was reported at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday at 594 NW 10 Ave. Loss was in excess of $20,000.
Earlier GBFD fire calls included: a small fire in a field at 31st and Washington; small grass fire in the yard at 2550 17th St.; small fire in a field in the 250 Plum St.; fire at 42 NE 20 Road; small fire at Fifth and Pine St.; fires at 1102 Hubbard St. and 4600 10th St.; and fire in the field north of Waters True Value off K-96. Grass and cherry trees were burning in the 4900 block of Eighth St. at 4:44 p.m. Monday, and a small wheat stubble fire was reported at 6:56 p.m. in the 200 block of Bermuda.
There was also a fire at NW 25 Road at 12:21 p.m. Monday, and bottle rockets were confiscated.
Firefighters continued to battle dry weather and the occasional firework on Tuesday, and were at a grass fire in the mid-afternoon.