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Mid-southerners getting ready for July 4th with fireworks despite burn bans, heat

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At American Fireworks, business is "booming" in preparations for 4th of July. At American Fireworks, business is "booming" in preparations for 4th of July.
For those handling fireworks on Independence Day, American Fireworks manger Sam Temple says above all keep it safe. For those handling fireworks on Independence Day, American Fireworks manger Sam Temple says above all keep it safe.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A live band set off the evening festivities at Mud Island River Park Saturday.

Independence Bank opened their tenth branch in the One Commerce Square lobby two months ago in downtown Memphis. They celebrated by illuminating their logo with fireworks.

"They wanted to have something where our families could be present and enjoy and we wanted to be downtown so we could celebrate" said iBank president Susan Stephenson.

Despite a burn ban in more than a dozen Mid-South counties, iBank officials received their fireworks permit and were told that this had never been done before from a downtown rooftop.

"They're quick burn and low voltage" said iBank CEO Chip Dudley, "the fire department said they would work without any threat to anybody".

Across the bridge in Crittenden County, business was booming at American Fireworks.

"Oh my God it so hot. Its like 102 degrees out here everyday and it does not stop, nonstop sweating. It's so ridiculous" said American Fireworks cashier Betty Orr.

For those who will be handling explosives on Independence Day despite the heat, American Fireworks manger Sam Temple said above all keep it safe.

"Follow the instructions on everything. Make sure you're not pointing anything at anyone" he added.

Working 12 hours shifts in triple digit temperatures employees set up a makeshift cooling system complete with insect decoys.

"We got fans set up for mosquitoes you know to help trap them in the night" said Temple.

For customers who insisted the light shows must go on, most said they were taking into consideration the type of fireworks they purchase.

"Mostly bottle rockets so it won't be nothing to really set grass or anything on fire. They mostly pop in the air so they won't just too much be a danger to the grass" said Mario Page.

Action News 5 checked for clarification on the term 'burn ban' and learned that it does not include grilling.

The advisory is aimed at discouraging people who burn trash in barrels in their backyard or throw out lit cigarettes along the roadways.

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