In addition to canceling annual fireworks displays, state and city officials from Utah to Indiana to Kentucky have asked that people not use roman candles, sparklers, or firecrackers in their backyards, especially in areas that have been heavily affected by the lack of rain and sweltering heat. This year, they say, is particularly dangerous for such shenanigans.
The concern also applies to the West Coast, as well. Authorities are still attempting to get a handle on the Colorado wildfires that have damaged countless homes and scorched approximately 1.8 million acres thus far. Adding fireworks displays into the mix could potentially lead to more disasters, prompting officials to cancel scheduled celebrations.
For those who make their living from the sale of fireworks, the bans have been particularly devastating. A number of businesses have seen their profits plummet thanks to area-wide cancellations. For example, Paul Forman, who owns Fireworks and Forman Blasters Pyrotechnics in Peru, Indiana, stated that his business has taken a tremendous hit from the numerous bans and cancellations. The same can be said for a number of individuals who look for summer fireworks sales to carry them through the rest of the year.
However, because safety always comes first, it makes sense that such displays are being cancelled in the wake of the extreme heat and lack of adequate rainfall. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks accounted for nearly 15,500 blazes and $36 million in property damage in 2010 alone. Given this year’s conditions, experts believe that number could increase substantially if actions are not taken.
Regardless of these bans, people are still going to rush out to the local grocery store and pick up something to ignite on the fourth. I don’t care how many bans are in place