Fire inspectors take close look at fireworks stands

Inspectors check for ordinance compliance

SAN ANTONIO – While most people are celebrating the Fourth of July, the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office is on the job.

Chief Fire Inspector Nathan Mendenhall's workday on Monday didn't end until midnight. 

By noon Tuesday, Mendenhall was back out making the rounds at fireworks stands scattered throughout Bexar County.

"We're checking everything, from electrical components to fire extinguishers," he said. "Making sure each stand is operating safely and in compliance with the county ordinances."

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While Mendenhall's team of inspectors is out in the field, dispatchers are busy at the communications center, fielding calls from residents.

Calls range from noise complaints to reports of fires, according to dispatcher Megan Wells.

"Most frequently during this time, calls are going to be for grass fires," she said.

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Dispatchers also keep an eye on the weather because high winds increase the fire danger.

Wells said that the call volume will increase as the holiday nears the end.

Staffing will increase accordingly, with the number of dispatchers on duty jumping from one to five, Wells said.

Related: Where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July

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