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GREAT BEND, Kansas – Fire officials in Great Bend say fireworks may be to blame for a grass fire in the southeast part of the town Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported around 2:30pm. High wind gusts caused flames to quickly spread. It burned nearly 100 evergreen trees, some fence posts, and a nearby shed causing an estimated $5,000 in damages.
The fire was contained nearly two hours after it started, but firefighters remained on the scene to control hot spots and keep the fire from re-igniting.
Officials said they found fireworks in the area of the fire. Neighbors also reported hearing fireworks go off shortly before the fire began.