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Blowing Up The Hillside


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I know this sounds a little Un-American, but do we really need fireworks on the 4th of July and Pioneer day? With the state tinder dry and the biggest fire in the state's history burning right now, when will fire restrictions reach to a total ban of individual family fireworks displays? Maybe soon. I live near the hillside in Davis county and have seen two big fires in the last few years. Naturally I'm concerned that someone will be careless, and we'll have to evacuate our house while a big fire is being fought.

Stadium of Fire or fireworks at Franklin Covey after a baseball game are a little different because of the control...but do we really need to put the neighborhood and our kids in jeopardy to be patriotic on the 4th and 24th?

We do so many stories about all the injuries caused by fireworks and the fire department must just cringe thinking about how long those two days of the year are for them. Maybe we should revisit the rockets red glare in the cul-de-sac in favor of more pancake breakfasts, longer parades and safer family gatherings. We certainly don't need any more rockets bursting in air over shingles and brush.

Hide and watch, as my friend from Texas says...we'll see something on the 24th that will make us shake our heads. Hope it isn't at your house. Or mine.

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