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Drought could put damper on Independence Day

The warning labels says it all.

Caution: flammable.  

It's no secret that dry weather and flammable materials don't mix.  

But before you light that fuse this year, you might want to check the forecast.

Because no rain could equal no play for your powder popping pyro who might have to keep the TNT in the B-O-X.

A burn ban; the State of Alabama placed under emergency drought regulations that make it unlawful to discharge any type of fireworks, except over water.

A drought that could put a damper on our Independence Day.        

"Every year we shoot off fireworks, and it will be different if we can't," says Kira Fisher.  

"It's killing us," says Maudie Raines.

For Raines, it will effect a lot more than her fun.  

"You put 10 or 20 thousand dollars on fireworks when it was raining," says Raines.

And a dry spell could take all the bucks out of the bang for this family owned shop.  

"If there's anybody out there that thinks God can hear them, please pray it will rain," Raines says.

So it hurts businesses, and customers, but will this state issued ban actually keep people from lighting up?  

"Honestly I can't answer that," says Jeremy Mitchem.    

"For them to be doing this knowing it's a hazard would be childish and selfish for something that's for kids," says Terry Harris.

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