The countywide fireworks ban was lifted just in time for Independence Day to be celebrated with a big bang and star spangled skies across Macon County Wednesday July 4.
The ban on public and private fireworks displays was imposed because of the potential fire hazard caused by dry conditions; but thanks to a few rainy days leading up to our nation's holiday, the countryside 'greened up' enough for the ban to be lifted.
Fireworks vendors happily resumed sales Friday, June 29, when they were informed by Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs that the ban had been lifted.
Crowds turned out for public fireworks displays at the White House, in Lafayette, and the Thomas House, in Red Boiling Springs; and family cook-outs and picnics across Macon County were toped off with the traditional whistle, crackle, and flash of fireworks.
The holiday came and went without reports of serious accidents or fires; and the Lafayette Fire Department reports they have not had a significant fire call in more than a week.