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Celebrate July 4 with a bang, no burn bans in effect

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans will be able to celebrate the Fourth of July in style this year. Along with the beautiful weather we're enjoying this week, there are no burn bans in effect for the Sooner State.

Authorities announced that fireworks displays will be allowed this year.

Linda Underwood said, "It's just fun to have your family together to celebrate the independence of what our country is all about and it's just a ball."

Underwood runs the big white tent on Sooner and Waterloo Rd., which became a family business every year.

One thing that has really helped business skyrocket this year are a lack of burn bans.

Underwood said, "Having the beautiful summer that we've had, in the 80's all this week has really helped business this year."

Rodney Jones said he drives from Oklahoma City every year to buy fireworks at the big white tent.

Jones said, "This year, I'm buying fireworks for myself."

While celebrating Independence Day, authorities with Oklahoma Forestry Services said citizens need to be careful when it comes to fire and the outdoors.

Jones said, "One year we we're popping fireworks and we were kind of like, 'oh, we need to stop' because a lot of things were catching on fire and this year, hopefully, we don't have to go through that same thing."

When starting a fire of any kind, experts stress to always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby.

For more information on burn bans, visit the Oklahoma Forestry Services website.