AKRON, Ohio -- Hot, dry conditions have created drought dangers across Northeast Ohio due to an increased risk of outdoor fires. That means putting safety first this Fourth of July.
American Fireworks set up the Portage Lakes choreographed fireworks display on Sunday. Roberto Sorgi with American Fireworks said it involves more than 3,000 shots, making it one the the largest fireworks display in the area this year.
Whether it's a large or small fireworks show, the recent extremely dry weather in the area has created a cause for concern. The fireworks goes up into the air, but the spent shell come back and land on the the ground. As a precaution, American Fireworks works with local fire department before the shows to soak the surrounding areas.
"To just make sure that the areas where the shells are going to be discharged are watered down a couple of days in advance. Keep soaking the areas. What we are looking at is the brush around the surrounding areas, the fallout areas where you might have some tall grass," Sorgi said.
In Ohio, it is illegal to set off fireworks in the neighborhoods but often times, people will set them off in their own backyards. With the dry lawns, that creates a fire risk, Sorgi said that's another reason to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals this year.