Fireworks sales to continue in Grass Valley |

Fireworks sales to continue in Grass Valley

Fireworks sales are scheduled to begin Monday in Grass Valley unless weather conditions worsen to create high fire danger, Fire Chief Jim Marquis told city council members late Tuesday.

Grass Valley is the only city in the area where safe and sane fireworks will be sold this Independence Day holiday.

Historically, very few wildfires are started by the use of legal fireworks, Marquis has said. He considers it safer for people to be allowed a legal outlet for fireworks use than to take fireworks to remote areas, where fire response could be much more difficult.

But many people in the area remain fearful that irresponsible fireworks use could spark a disastrous wildfire in the county, where vegetation in the late spring already was as dry as August in a year of average rainfall.

Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed recently asked his city council to cancel sales, which are small in the county seat.

Local nonprofit groups such as churches, high school bands and athletic clubs use the proceeds to support their activities.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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