The City of Lubbock's annual fireworks display at the city's 4th of July Celebration at Mackenzie Park has been canceled due to the drought and extremely dry conditions in Lubbock.  Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin made the announcement during today's edition of Lubbock's First News with Chad Hasty & Rex Andrew on KFYO.

Mayor Martin explained why the decision was made, "Shooting off fireworks even with a controlled, professional group, there is still the potential of igniting a fire when fireworks embers fall to the ground.  And with a fire hazard right now, there's too big of a danger."

According to official statistics from the National Weather Service, for mid-June, Lubbock is currently 5 inches short of its annual average rainfall total.

Other Texas cities are also canceling their fireworks displays. The City of Austin's display was canceled yesterday and the Austin Fire Department announced they won't approve any permits for fireworks displays.

The 4th on Broadway street fair and the City of Lubbock's 4th of July concert at Mackenzie will still go on as scheduled.