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Two separate fires in Montgomery County sparked by Fourth of July fireworks as local fire departments receive hundreds of calls – NBC4 Washington

Two separate fires in Montgomery County sparked by Fourth of July fireworks as local fire departments receive hundreds of calls – NBC4 Washington

Two separate fires in Montgomery County sparked by Fourth of July fireworks as local fire departments receive hundreds of calls – NBC4 Washington

Although the 4th of July is over, the celebrations and fireworks continue throughout the weekend.

Local fire departments had already had a busy night. The DC citywide fire operation command center at Fire Company 16 responded to a total of 835 calls.

DC Fire and EMS says that’s more than three times the typical number of calls they receive on a typical day.

“When the sun goes down, the informal, often illegal fireworks start,” said Vito Maggiolo, spokesman for DC Fire and EMS. “We’re going from fire to fire, putting out fires.”

Of Thursday’s calls, 298 were not related to emergency medical services, but focused solely on fires.

“A lot of those fire emergency calls were presumably fireworks-related: trash fires, brush fires, all sorts of miscellaneous outdoor fires,” Maggiolo said.

Departments can’t yet say how many of Thursday night’s calls were fireworks-related, but at least two destructive fires in Montgomery County, Maryland, were caused by Independence Day festivities gone awry.



Fireworks pose serious dangers in hot, dry weather conditions. Several fires sparked by fireworks broke out in the DC area, but no injuries were reported. News4’s Juliana Valencia has more.

In Aspen Hill, Maryland, a house caught fire overnight. Photos from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services show the burned interior of the dining room, where flames destroyed an entire wall.

The charred remains revealed the interior of the home’s kitchen and dining room as if it were a blackened dollhouse.

MCFRS said aerial fireworks sparked the fire, which spread through the attic and garage and caused damage totaling about $500,000.

Fortunately, no one was injured in that fire.

In Glenmont Forest, also in Montgomery County, discarded fireworks sparked a fire outside another home.

MCFRS photographs showed burn marks on a brick wall, as a firefighter hosed away an unidentifiable puddle of blackened mud.

Fortunately, that fire did not cause any injuries either.

“We’re gearing up for the weekend and we want to remind people that fireworks are prohibited,” said Pete Piringer, spokesman for MCFRS. “But more importantly, they cause injuries.”

That fireworks ban includes sparklers, which can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit — an even greater danger in drought conditions like those experienced in the DMV region this week.

Some areas of Maryland, including Charles County, have burn bans in effect until more storms hit the region.