Fireworks Spark Grass Fire at Fort Worth Fourth

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Fireworks sparked some grass fires at the Fort Worth Fourth on Thursday. The fires delayed the celebration until crews extinguished the blaze. (Published Friday, Jul 5, 2013)

    Fort Worth's Fourth was delayed Thursday night after a grass fire was sparked at the huge Independence Day celebration on the banks of the Trinity River.

    NBC 5 has learned many of the shells did not fully burn out before hitting the ground, the hot embers caused some small grass fires.

    One of the fires began burning too close to unexploded fireworks so the show was temporarily shut down.

    Firefighters put the fire out and the show resumed after about a 10 minute delay. No one was injured.

    The professional company behind Fort Worth's Fourth fireworks show told NBC 5 he's never shut down a show before for safety concerns, but it had to be done.

    Firefighters were on the scene Friday morning looking for any remaining embers.

    Other Grass Fires Reported Across North Texas

    Dozens of grass fires were reported across North Texas Thursday night.

    Two fires within moments of each other in Tarrant County also kept crews busy.

    A grass fire near Rendon burned 15 acres of brush and threatened several homes.

    Moments later firefighters headed to a fire burning not far from a fireworks stand off Oak Grove Road. No one was hurt in that fire.

    Fire crews also battled a fire in Midlothian that burned about three acres. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control before it spread further.