By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Independence Day revelers can celebrate with fireworks in rural Lee County despite a burn ban that went into effect today.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted for the ban early Monday, and it was authorized shortly afterward by the Mississippi Forestry Commission.
Lee County Supervisor Sean Thompson said he expects to receive the commission’s OK today, meaning the ban immediately would go into effect. It expires July 20 but can be canceled earlier in case of ample rainfall.
Under the ban, no one in rural Lee County can start outdoor fires except the Forestry Commission, which conducts control burns.
But supervisors said fireworks are allowed, though they urged residents to practice extreme caution.
“Don’t light a roman candle and shoot it toward the tall grass,” Thompson said.
The ban doesn’t apply to municipalities, which have their own regulations about fires and fireworks. Check your local governing authority if you’re unsure about local ordinances.