Fireworks ignite fire near northeast Harris County cemetery


We still have one week before July 4th celebrations and it's already happened -- a brush fire, sparked by fireworks.

The fire started around 8:30pm, burning in a thickly-wooded area near the back of Brooskide Cemetery on Lauder at the East Freeway.

Several fire departments helped contain the fire. Firefighters think a spark from fireworks shot off in a neighborhood behind the cemetery landed in the dry brush.

"How are you going to start that fire, must be fireworks, probably," said cemetery employee Justino Lozano.

Fire crews had to cut through thick brush to get to the flames.

On Hollybrook Lane, Rebecca Estrada heard the fireworks being set off.

"We hear fireworks around this time. The kids are home from school. They go buy them during the day, pop them and play all day, and that's it," Estrada said.

The fire burned right behind her house, but didn't come close enough to make her worry. Still, she hopes people are careful with their fireworks leading up to the 4th of July holiday.

"Use common sense. Just don't light them in your hand. Don't throw them. Put them on the ground. Have a water bucket ready just in case something catches on fire," she said.

Fireworks went on sale in Harris County earlier this week.

Right now there is no fireworks ban in Harris County as there have been in years past. That is true also for Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties. While it's legal to possess fireworks in the county, you cannot use them within the Houston city limits.

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