With some major fireworks resurfaced this year, the skies in West American cities will be dark for the third consecutive July – some say there is a risk of wildfires due to drought and ongoing drought, while others say disease-related manpower will continue. And supply chain issues are responsible.
China produces most professional fireworks, creating explosions in the air and in various forms. Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pirotechnic Association, said the shortage was not in manufacturing but in overcrowding in US ports.
Cities in the western part of the country are stopping demonstrations due to the threat of wildfires. Flagstaff, in northern Arizona, will hold its annual Independence Day rally in the city’s historic downtown, but a new laser light show will replace the standard pyrotechnic display.
This spring alone, three large wildfires ravaged the mountainous city, displacing hundreds of people and closing some highways.
“The decision was made earlier because we want people to plan with their families,” said Flagstaff spokeswoman Sarah Langley.
Although the annual rainy season in the southwestern United States has already begun, many local states have banned the use of fireworks during a severe drought. Fireworks are always banned in national forests.
A popular fireworks display in the northern San Joaquin Valley shows that before the outbreak, tens of thousands of people were brought to Lake Pedro in California, which was destroyed due to drought, including low levels of the lake.
“The safety of our guests and the quality of the land entrusted to us are our top priorities,” said Don Pedro Entertainment Agency.
Lomokc has canceled its pyrotechnical displays due to wildfires in Central California and Colorado Rock in Colorado. Once again, Fireworks Fireworks Show with live music is scheduled for July 3 at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Denver Civic Center Park.
In New Mexico, the most devastating wildfire in modern history, the state’s major cities, including Albuquerque and Santa Fen, will not be able to control the fourth fireworks display in July.
The Southgate Mall in Missola, Montana, canceled an annual July 4th celebration and fireworks display for no apparent reason.
Elsewhere in the U.S., some North Carolina cities were devastated by a recent fire-related explosion that killed one person on a small farm and destroyed several fireworks.
Fireworks display in Minneapolis, Mississippi will not be held due to staff shortages and the construction of a nearby park.
Consumers who plan to light fixtures at home, such as bottle rockets, fireworks, and ground waterfalls, may expect to pay extra. The costs of the American Pirotechnic Association have increased by 35% in the industry.
The cancellation of community displays by firefighters in some cities has caused some people to worry about increasing consumer use of fireworks.
Phoenix Fire spokesman Capt. Ivan Gamaj said: “Typically, we are concerned about sparks and fires in the home and dry brush. “We will receive many calls this year.”