Drought issues in dry western US raise fears of July 4th fireworks
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Many Americans seeking normalcy as pandemic restrictions end are anxiously awaiting the traditional July 4 fireworks display.
But with a historic drought in the western United States and fears of another devastating wildfire season, authorities are canceling exhibits, passing bans or calling for caution.
Fireworks have already caused a few small wildfires as parts of the American West experience their worst drought conditions in over 100 years.
Local bans on personal fireworks are popping up from New Mexico to Idaho, and exhibitions are being canceled in states like Colorado and Arizona, where several wildfires are burning.
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