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As a young child I couldn’t wait for the times we could gather outside the front yard and light off our small but exhilarating fireworks display we purchased at the local grocery store.

I didn’t live in Utah, but most of the big booming fireworks were illegal. So our shows consisted of sparklers…ground blooming flowers…and fountain after fountain. And there were my favorites the parachutes. All the kids would race to where they landed and grabbing one was like winning a prize that was proudly displayed on the bedroom dresser for several weeks.

Ok, enough of that. It’s now the present day and let’s admit it people…the fire danger is crazy right now. The governor has asked for an all out ban on personal fireworks. Is it a good idea…sure it is. Do we always like good ideas…not always.

I like the idea of having designated areas such as city parks where people can go and light their fireworks. But after covering the Milford Flats fire (lightning caused) and several others I’ve definitely seen the damage that can be done. So overall, let’s be safe out there. I don’t think you want me to do a report on how you burned your neighbor’s house down with a bottle rocket and how you now face jail time.


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