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Some fireworks may be banned in dry East Texas

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:15pm

Yesterday in Whitehouse, a major grass fire covering over 100 acres.

The cause?

Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton says - a bolt of lighting.

Seaton tells KETK, the lightning likely struck sometime this weekend and burned for days before the fire got out of control on Tuesday morning.

He says if East Texas wasn't so dry in the first place, a lightning strike wouldn't cause such a large fire.

And with fireworks season a mere weeks away, Seaton says this morning he recommended to the commissioners court in Smith County that certain fireworks - in particular rockets with sticks and missles with fins be banned.

"Based on analysis of the KBDI Drought Index, it has to be above 575, we're a 577 this morning.  14 day prediction shows that we'll possibly be between 6 and 700, so unless we get some precipitation it's gonna be hotter and dryer," Seaton said.

KETK's Live Doppler Skywatch Chief Meteorlogist Scott Chesner will be keeping an eye on these dry conditions for you.

For the latest information on the hot weather as well as the latest on burn bans in your neck of the woods, keep checking here on our website.

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