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Help fight fireworks

Another Fourth of July has come and gone, and Nevada County has again been spared a devastating fire started by fireworks in the hands of an irresponsible person. Apart from the 200 pounds of illegal fireworks confiscated in a home in Alta Sierra, we must address the sanity in selling even “safe and sane” fire-starters.

We were all taught as children not to play with matches. Shouldn’t that good advice apply to fireworks also? I’ve heard that selling fireworks makes money for non-profit organizations. Is the $5,000-$6,000 profit on sales worth burning down your neighbor’s home?

The following 10 states already forbid the sale or use of all fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Board of Supervisors of Nevada County should also realize the wisdom of protecting our beautiful environment and the personal property rights and safety of our residents.



Please support our grassroots effort to eliminate the public sale and use of fireworks. If you want to get involved, mail me at P.O. Box 142, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Let’s stop playing with fire.




Linda O’Kay

Nevada City


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