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Safe and insane fireworks?

I listened to our local radio station, KNCO, and I was appalled to hear a member of the Grass Valley City Council announce that even though we are suffering from the smoke of the multitude of fires raging across Northern California, with the possibility of more lightning driven fires this weekend, that they will “Stay the Course” and allow the sale and use of fireworks for the Fourth of July. He further went on to say that if the “Safe and Sane” legal fireworks aren’t available, that people will just order illegal ones on the Internet.

It doesn’t take illegal fireworks to start a major catastrophic fire. With conditions as dry as they are, a simple sparkler in the wrong place could set off another 49’er level event.

Many people do not realize the risk and although already banned throughout the county, people shoot off fireworks outside the city limits. Having them readily available nearby just increases the risk. The revenue that these fireworks generate is not worth the potential loss to lives, property and habitat.



Robin Hart

Alta Sierra


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