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Crowds rush in to buy fireworks, could lead to arrest

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  People from all around the area wait all year to hear the Boom Boom ladies come on their televisions in their yearly commercials. The Boom Boom ladies behind the 4th of July advertisements have brought in the masses over the years, but this year is a little different.

With Georgia and Alabama in a drought, Wanda Lamb.  the Bang lady herself and manager of Fireworks outlet, says some customers are thinking twice about their purchases this holiday. "They are cautious they're trying to stay away from anything that's on the ground right now, they're wanting the stuff that goes higher because things that go high, once it comes down, it's out."

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley enacted a burn ban for the state because of the hot, dry weather conditions - which means no trash burning across the state.

The sale of fireworks is not prohibited under the Alabama ban, but if something goes awry, you could face prosecution. Russell County Sheriff, Heath Taylor, says, "It's a misdemeanor that carries up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine."

Lamb says there's still a lot of excitement among those buying fireworks, but as always, you have to take precautions when firing them off.

"I would make sure I  have buckets of water, I'd have a water hose on where I could automatically start shooting it out if it caught on fire," said Lamb.

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