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Time to close down fireworks stands

Each year I am concerned about the sale of fireworks within the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City and the impact it may have on those of us who live in rural areas.

I live in Penn Valley, where fireworks are not allowed, and rightfully so, considering the extreme fire danger each year and especially this year, with moisture levels in the vegetation at a 24-year low.

Each year, after the Fourth of July, there is evidence of illegal fireworks in the streets in the area. Why do we set ourselves up for another 49er Fire by selling fireworks in the incorporated parts of the county that can be taken to our rural areas? This practice makes no sense whatsoever, and the sale of personal fireworks should be stopped immediately.

I know that the sale of fireworks is a fundraiser for many of our civic organizations, but maybe they should consider having a bake sale or car wash instead. In the light of the Lake Tahoe blaze and with units from our own fire departments lending support, maybe it’s time to close down the fireworks stands. Better safe than sorry. Even safe and sane fireworks start fires.

Carol Raulston

Penn Valley

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