Crews put out five dumpster fires on July Fourth


MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — Fire crews in Mattoon had a busy weekend. They put out five dumpster fires on Sunday, July 4.

The fires broke out at the following times and locations:

  • 8:06 p.m. — 1021 Lakeland Boulevard
  • 10:34 p.m. — 410 Airport Road
  • 10:58 p.m. — 200 Holiday Road
  • 11:11 p.m. — 1084 South Nineth Street
  • 11:45 p.m. — 609 Marion Avenue

Firefighters say evidence shows that all of the fires were connected to fireworks use.

A fire chief says the launch tubes may still have burning embers inside when people throw them out, and they should have been dampened before being discarded.

The chief adds that people should leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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