“We’re slowing down on our press conferences about the pandemic, and we’re headed right into another disaster,” Utah Republican Gov. Spencer Cox said of the drought and subsequent tinder-box conditions in June.
Fireworks have already caused a few smaller-scale wildfires, including one in northern Utah and another in central California.
California’s Lake Tahoe ski destination – north of where a pyrotechnic device used at a baby’s gender reveal celebration set a fire that killed a firefighter in 2020 – a popular fireworks show was initially canceled before organizers decided to scale down.
Fireworks industry professionals, who also stressed caution in drought-prone areas, say they expect strong sales regardless and Wyoming fireworks stores are booming.
Additionally, Northern California authorities seized about 15,000 pounds of illegal fireworks at the end of June – almost four months after a massive Southern California fireworks explosion left two people dead and caused at least $3.2 million worth of damage.
Seventeen people were hurt and local businesses were damaged after illegal fireworks seized at a South Los Angeles home were exploded on June 30.
Federal data reportedly shows that 15,600 Americans went to emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries last year, an increase of thousands from the year prior.
The fireworks industry urges people lighting their own fireworks to follow local restrictions, pick a flat surface away from homes and have a water source at hand.