Friday Catchall: Fireworks during fire restrictions, only in America! | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

Friday Catchall: Fireworks during fire restrictions, only in America! | The Daily Courier – Arizona News

The Friday Catchall:

• ONLY IN AMERICA – I consider myself patriotic like many folks in the Quad-Cities, and this time of year offers a feast with fireworks on top.

Imagine millions of people — 68 percent — barbecuing millions of hot dogs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture, that many people fired up 40 million grills last year and experts predict Americans this year will eat at least 180 million frankfurters on Independence Day.

That’s nearly one hot dog for every two people in the United States.

Only in America!

Imagine at-home pyros spending $649 million on fireworks and municipalities spending $318 million on professional shows. That’s a lot of shells and gunpowder up in smoke in one evening.

Only in America!

Imagine, however, Stage II Fire Restrictions — which went into effect today, June 30, in the Prescott area; yet, stores still sell sparklers (they burn as hot as 2,000 degrees!) and other “low-key incendiary devices.” That’s thanks to the fireworks lobbyists and lawmakers from metropolitan areas insensitive to the risks of fire in places such as Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Mayer, Dewey-Humboldt, etc. … rural Arizona.

Only in America!

Imagine now Chino Valley opting to cancel its fireworks for public safety, while Prescott Valley and Prescott are waiting until Monday to decide. One official is concerned whether firefighters will be available. I have seen it many times, though, when the show becomes an exercise in watching fire crews scramble to put out hotspots, instead of looking to the sky.

(Again, in light of the Goodwin Fire and the conditions out there, should we move…

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