HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - With the sun beating down on South Mississippi and extremely dry conditions all around, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors took up two drought and heat related issues at their Monday meeting.
First, supervisors voted to extend the county wide burn ban. Then, the Board issued an order prohibiting the use of fireworks in the county.
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means people are getting ready to shoot off fireworks.
"It's incumbent on us to do something to protect people, property and homes," said Supervisor Marlin Ladner.
The use of fireworks will be limited to the sand beach during a specific time period.
"If you are going to pop fireworks, you can do it from Friday evening, July first until Monday at midnight," Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver told WLOX News.
Ladner said limiting fireworks to the beach is the best way to handle a potentially dangerous situation.
"The sand beach is a safe area. Fire and police will be there. It's a safe environment to allow the tradition of July fourth and protect citizens."
Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan also went before the board Monday. He agreed with the supervisors' decision.
"I think they came to a good compromise to let people use fireworks at the beach," Sullivan said. "It is unsafe to do it anywhere else in the county. This is the law and there will be fines."