Bay Co. Fire Chief Worn Resident Firework Use

Bay County residents are hoping a burn ban there will not affect the use of fireworks this Fourth of July.

Bay County’s fire chief says the ordinance doesn't specifically address the sale and safe use of fireworks, but he says dry conditions make it unsafe to use them.

Last weekend a fire in the fountain area just north of Panama City burned about 150 acres and destroyed four mobile homes.

Bay County commissioners decided to order a burn ban for the next 90 days.

No burning of any type is permitted other than barbecuing.

Anyone caught burning will be face a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, or both.

The fire chief says if you do set off fireworks and cause a fire, you will be responsible for the cost of putting out the blaze, which can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Officials say a ban would not affect professionally-sponsored fireworks shows like the ones you see on the beach on the Fourth of July.