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Fighting fireworks

Here’s something that has puzzled me for quite a while. We live in an area where catastrophic wildfires are a possibility, so why are fireworks sold at every corner during the height of fire danger season?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about having fun on Fourth of July, but I always wondered why fireworks are outlawed in the city (Bay Area), where there is almost no danger of out-of-control fires, but in a beautifully timbered area like Nevada County, fireworks are freely and abundantly sold. Just an accident waiting to happen, if you ask me.

Consider the fact that the wildfire in Tahoe is still burning, at last count 200-plus homes lost, and the fire is thought to be “caused by human activity.” It takes one irresponsible person shooting off fireworks in one of our wooded areas – that should be enough to give us nightmares until fall.



My opinion: Fireworks don’t belong here. There, I said it.

Diane Longacre




Grass Valley


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