Duplin County bans fireworks due to dry conditions

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina county have enacted a ban on fireworks just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, citing dry conditions and a number of wildfires.

Duplin County Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Barwick issued a declaration on Wednesday which also prohibits open burning. The ban took effect at noon and will remain in effect until further notice.

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The declaration says conditions are expected to remain dry with high temperatures.

The county issued a similar ban on May 29, but rescinded it on June 10 after rainfall lessened the threat.