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Burn ban continues in Hannibal

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

If you look around Hannibal, you see tree limbs and brush after the storm ripped through the city, but fire officials are warning residents not to burn any of it.

The Hannibal Fire Department has issued a burn ban within city limits.

Officials say they enacted the ban so smoke wouldn't get into open windows because some people still don't have air conditioning because of the power outages.

On top of that, officials say they've been so busy with storm calls, they wanted to alleviate some of the congestion at their department.

"Our call volume went way up from all the electrical things going on as well as other things from the storm. Trees down and stuff. We really didn't want to have to be responding to open burning calls while we were responding to electrical fires and other issues going on," said Hannibal Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeff Frame.

Frame says you are allowed to have barbecues and bon fires.

The fire department can fine residents who violate the ban and officials say they will notify residents when the burn ban is lifted.

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