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Late night fireworks irritate in Twin Cities, some spark fires

America's 4th of July celebrations went on all night.

It was a raucous 4th of July in America with the country seemingly on the upswing from the COVID pandemic, but the amount of late-night revelry didn't go over well with everyone.

The boom of fireworks has become a common sound in the Twin Cities in recent evenings, but it reached cacophonous levels on Independence Day, with celebrations continuing well into the small hours.

This, naturally, provoked the annoyance of anyone trying to get some sleep, as well as dog owners whose pets were traumatized by the rockets.

What's more, the fireworks were being set off despite pleas from state authorities not to do so.

Large swaths of Minnesota are currently in a drought, with the recent heatwave creating tinderbox conditions with an elevated risk of wildfires.

Minneapolis Fire Department says it was responding to several grass and dumpster fires overnight all over the city.

"Due to extremely dry climate, it is recommended to not set off fireworks in grass and/or park areas," it said.

The @MN_Crime Twitter account, which relays information from emergency service scanner traffic (so details have yet to be officially confirmed), was reporting that grass and brush fires linked to fireworks had been reported in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and in Anoka, Ramsey, and Washington counties.

Since March, Minnesota has seen more than 1,400 wildland fires, which have burned roughly 35,000 acres since March, which is more than a typical year. 

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