Backfiring car starts brush fire along I-59

Several small brush fires along a stretch of Interstate 59 slowed traffic in the southbound lane for about an hour early Tuesday.

The fires broke out between exits 67 and 65, and according to Hattiesburg fire officials, they were apparently caused by a backfiring car traveling southbound.

Officials said a witness reported seeing sparks coming from the exhaust of the vechicle and landing in the brush.

The Hattiesburg Fire Department quickly got the situation under control, and no injuries were reported.