By JASON SCHREIBERUnion Leader Correspondent July 03. 2018 8:45AM Matthew Spencer, left, and Heather Hodgdon Authorities are urging caution as Independence Day revelers prepare for backyard fireworks displays that some worry could spark fires, injuries and complaints like over the weekend in Rochester that resulted in several arrests. The recent dry spell has some fire officials concerned about the possibility of fireworks setting off brush fires, but the drought conditions affecting parts of central and southern New Hampshire are just one of the factors to consider when residents light up in communities where fireworks are allowed. “The biggest thing is to make sure they shoot them away from the house and away from buildings,” said Epping fire Lt. Paul St. Cyr, who serves as the department’s fire prevention officer.Police in Rochester responded to a fireworks complaint in the area of 40 Lafayette St. Sunday night after they received several calls reporting loud fireworks and debris landing on private property and covering cars on the street.Police initially issued a summons to Matthew Spencer, 32, of 40B Lafayette St., for a city ordinance violation for using fireworks. Police said the two officers who responded were met with an unruly crowd that included… Read full this story
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