4th July fireworks banned due to fire risk.


July 4 Fireworks: Many Areas Cancel Celebrations

July 4 Fireworks: Many Areas Cancel Celebrations

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

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Comment by Howard on July 5, 2012 at 5:43pm

San Diego Fireworks Show Explodes All at Once -


Hundreds of thousands of people went to San Diego's annual Fourth of July fireworks show, said to be one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country, expecting an 18-minute show. After a glitch, fireworks brightened up the cloudy San Diego evening for only 15 seconds Wednesday night.

From the Big Bay Boom website:

"Technical Problem Caused Show to Execute in 15 Seconds"

Approximately 5 minutes before the show was to start, a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction. There were a number of preliminary test signals sent hours and minutes leading up to the show. All these signals tested properly according to Garden State Fireworks, the fireworks company that provides the show.

The Garden State Fireworks team will be working throughout the night to determine what technical problem caused the entire show to be launched in about 15 seconds.

We apologize for the brevity of the show and the technical difficulties. "

Comment by astrogal50 on July 4, 2012 at 6:56pm

I agree with Howard:  An unprecedented number of already purchased and planned firework displays have been cancelled.

Generally during periods of drought citizens are prohibited from using fireworks but cities and towns are not.  Well-handled municipal fireworks were not suddenly cancelled in the past.  So what is the difference?  Hmm.

Comment by Howard on July 4, 2012 at 4:17am

A Google News search on "fireworks cancelled" yields an astonishing number of recent results - far too many to list and many of the reasons cited defy rationale explanation.  July 4th fireworks have NEVER been cancelled so far in advance and over such a broad swath across North America.  Whether reportedly due to dry conditions, storm damage or whatever flimsy excuse is offered, I believe this is certain indication the Establishment is terrified over what might be seen by untold millions diligently scanning the early evening sky.

Comment by Bernice McCue on July 3, 2012 at 11:09pm

No fireworks in Roanoke VA area due to no power in many parts of the area.

Comment by K Tonkin on July 3, 2012 at 8:59pm

In the Black Hills, South Dakota, USA, we are so dry that I don't think anyone in this area would even chance using sparklers. No communities here will be having fireworks. There are fires surrounding the area - I have at least 5 major forest fires within 40 miles of my home. The smell of smoke and the red-orange tinge of the sun are very disturbing... I certainly hope MY neighbors say no to fireworks this year.

Comment by KM on July 3, 2012 at 4:04am

Interestingly, none of the news feeds had any information on the ban, it was only when doing an internet search when several articles turned up saying there was a ban on firework displays not only in the United States but also in other areas, for July 1st, (Canada Day) in Alberta and BC.  Most cancellations were last minute which prompts the question what were they afraid of the public noticing? Would it be the Dark Twin?




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