Drought won't stop fire­works in dry western states

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ari­zona’s largest city has gone four months with­out any mea­sur­able rain, and neigh­bor­ing New Mex­ico is in the midst of four years of se­vere drought.

But you’ll still see and hear fire­works sparkle and pop dur­ing the days around July 4, de­spite the dan­ger­ously high threat of wild­fires.

While some places in the West ban fire­works al­to­gether, or greatly limit what you can light off when con­di­tions are ripe for fire, other states are go­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Ari­zona ac­tu­ally loos­ened its re­stric­tions this year and is now al­low­ing res­i­dents of the two most pop­u­lated cities to set off fire­works in the days around In­de­pen­dence Day, and an ef­fort by the New Mex­ico gover­nor to im­pose tougher rules dur­ing dry times has re­peat­edly fallen on deaf ears in the Leg­is­la­ture.

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