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The city of Abilene will close Lake Kirby July 4th to prevent the illegal use of fireworks

Lake Kirby is located within city limits and fireworks are prohibited

ABILENE, Texas — According to the city of Abilene, Lake Kirby will be closed July 4th beginning at 7 pm to prevent the use of fireworks within city limits.

Jeremy Williams, Fire Marshal for the Abilene fire department said the decision to close Lake Kirby for the 4th of July was to stop the illegal use of fireworks within city limits this holiday weekend.

"We see a lot of fireworks going on out here. When I walked out here today there was a discharged firework laying on the ground" said Williams.

According to Williams in past years the fire department has seen an excess of fireworks coming from the area.

"The last few weeks, we have had an excessive amount of grassfire in the city and right on the edge of town even with the recent rainfall, the high winds we will have all week and high temperatures we are afraid of grassfires and want to cut down on that this weekend". Said Williams

Lake Kirby will be closed Saturday, July 4th beginning at 7 pm and reopen Sunday, July 5th at 5:30 am.

"We will have people patrolling around this area around the city, and especially around the expo center, and really try to cut down on people discharging fireworks," said Williams.

Williams says those who violate curfew or are found in possession of an open firework can face fines.