Small Brush Fire Sparks Concern in Bourbonnais as Kids Ignite Fireworks Amid Drought


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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – A small brush fire Saturday was ignited in Briarcliff Subdivision after children reportedly lit fireworks in the area, leaving a portion of the land charred. The incident has raised alarm among residents, considering the ongoing drought conditions as the 4th of July approaches.

Joel Harpin, a concerned resident of Briarcliff Subdivision, captured the incident and expressed his worry on the NextDoor App. “Kids decided to light fireworks in the field next to my house right around noon. We are in somewhat of a drought right around 4th of July. I do love America tho so do you bub,” Harpin shared.

Harpin’s post received several comments from other neighbors expressing similar concerns. Carol Frazier, who resides close by, highlighted the ongoing issue of hot embers falling into her yard due to neighbors shooting off fireworks every year. Frazier added, “I am very nervous this year due to how dry it is. And this is not kids doing it.”

Katie Harvell, another resident of Briarcliff Subdivision, emphasized the potential dangers of lighting fireworks in the current conditions, stating, “It’s really not safe to be lighting fireworks right now.”

The incident in Briarcliff Subdivision takes place against the backdrop of neighboring communities taking preventive measures. In response to severe drought conditions across the state, nearby cities, including Watseka and Champaign, have already imposed bans on fireworks.

As the 4th of July festivities approach, authorities and concerned residents are urging caution and responsible behavior to avoid further incidents. The dry conditions pose a significant risk of fires spreading rapidly, endangering lives and property.


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