No fireworks in city limits, mayor says

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

With a majority of the counties within the central part of the state of Alabama in the D3-D4 extreme drought category, this July 4 may not see many fireworks or bottle rockets due to the severe fire threat.

As for the City of Luverne, Mayor Joe Rex Sport and the Luverne City Council agreed at its Monday meeting that no July 4 fireworks would be allowed within the city limits.

&#8220Anyone who is caught shooting fireworks will have to pay a fine or worse,” Sport said.

In addition, the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce had decided at an earlier date to cancel its regular July 4 fireworks show due to the severe drought conditions.

&#8220We decided earlier in the month that we would rather be safe than sorry and not order any fireworks because we knew there would be a big chance of not being able to shoot them on July 4,” Chamber of Commerce President Sherri Richburg said.

Most counties across the state have already cancelled July 4 fireworks displays because of the obvious dry conditions and fire hazards.

In other business, Officer Clint Fuller and Officer Robert Fulton have joined the Luverne Police Department. Also, Elliott Jones resigned as a dispatcher with the LPD.

This Friday, June 29, the 7 and 8-year-old boys' All-Star Tournament will begin at 5 p.m. at E.L. Turner Field. There are 11 teams playing in the tournament.