Authorities say county has safe July 4 holiday

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Carroll County residents had a safe Fourth of July weekend.

According to Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye, deputies weren't dispatched to any fireworks-related accidents. Representatives from the police departments in Green Forest, Berryville and Eureka Springs also reported no fireworks-related accidents.

Eureka Springs Fire Chief Randy Ates said the fire department received only one fire call all weekend. That call, he said, wasn't related to fireworks. He added that there are no fireworks-related injuries in the department's medical log.

Ates attributed the lack of accidents to the wet weather in the county.

"If it was a dry summer, we would have been busy, I'm sure," Ates said.

Frye said the fireworks shows throughout the county might have prevented some residents from experimenting with fireworks themselves.

"I know we had numerous firework displays put on around the county and I think most people chose to enjoy those safely," Frye said. "We were blessed with good weather and common sense."

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