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City of Grand Rapids issues fire warning

The City of Grand Rapids has issued a fire warning due to the extreme dry weather conditions. The sunny, dry weather over the past week continues into the seven-day forecast. It’s cause for concern entering into the Fourth of July Weekend when many residents will strike a match and light off fireworks. In a news release “the Grand Rapids Fire Department is advising residents to use caution when lighting consumer fireworks and respect sources of ignition.” Off great concern is where the fireworks land that can cause grass and brushfires. As a reminder, the city will enforce its fireworks ordinance which “allows for consumer fireworks to be used only: the day of, day before, and day after National Holidays. Fireworks shall not be used after midnight or before eight o’clock a.m. State Law prohibits the use of Fireworks on public lands. This includes public streets and parks. Violators are subject to prosecution. If an emergency should arise, you are encouraged to call 911 for Fire or Police related incidents.” Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.