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Fort Worth fireworks show canceled after grass fire; crews battle hundreds more over 4th of July

Fort Worth fire crews were battling multiple grass fires in the area Monday night, more than the previous year, the department says.

FORT WORTH, Texas — North Texas fire departments battled hundreds of grass fires across the area over the Fourth of July, including one that canceled a fireworks show near downtown Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth fireworks show fire happened along the Trinity River during the city's Fourth of July celebration.

The Fort Worth Fire Department (FWFD) said that "after consultation with a pyrotechnic company, the decision to suspend the firework shoot was collaboratively agreed upon out of an abundance of caution due to concerns of damage to additional tubes used to shoot off the firework display."

Once the crowds left downtown, pyrotechnic technicians working alongside the Fort Worth Fire Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit reviewed the tubes and eliminated the remaining fireworks by discharging them under controlled circumstances and in a controlled environment, FWFD said. 

The remaining firework display was discharged at approximately midnight on July 5 and the area was considered safe. FWFD said there was no threat to public safety while carrying out the disposal of fireworks.

Crews were continuing to discharge the fireworks on Tuesday morning, starting around 9. Fire officials advised residents that loud noises would likely be heard in the area and they asked people to not call 911 if they hear them.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, fire crews had responded to 230 calls for grass or brush fires on July 4, FWFD said. 

"It is very dry. It is breezy. It's incredibly dangerous," tweeted the department. "One spark is all it takes." 

The department said crews also responded to a grass fire at Panther Island Pavilion during a fireworks display. The fire was out shortly after.

Dallas Fire-Rescue had responded to about 230 calls about grass fires on Monday.

Tarrant and Dallas counties are currently under a burn ban due to warm, dry conditions.

The Red, White and BOOM! fireworks show in McKinney were also canceled early due to wind conditions, the city posted on its Facebook page

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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