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Why are Fireworks Allowed During the Drought?

 
Why are Fireworks Allowed During the Drought?
Posted June 30th, 2014 @ 3:08pm by KFBK News

The stands are up, but in light of this historic drought, why are they even selling fireworks this year?

It's a question fire officials say they've been getting a lot lately.

Michelle Eidam is with Sac Metro Fire and says any kind of ban would come from local government and really, it's the illegal fireworks they're worried about, not the "safe and sane" kind.

"Those do not leave the ground, they do not send sparks that high, they do not explode," Eidam. 

Of course, even a sparkler can set a grass fire and that's why Eidam says they've been working to clear brush.

A ban would also backfire in one way, a lot of nonprofits operate those fireworks stands.

"This is the way to make their fundraising dollars. They can generate about 80 percent of what they need," Julie L. Heckman with the American Pyrotechnics Association said.

The sales are basically a seven-day fundraising campaign.

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