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Letter: Not the year for personal fireworks

It is no secret that the Roaring Fork Valley is experiencing some very dry and windy weather conditions as of late. Future weather predictions are not very encouraging for moisture and we seem to be back in drought mode — at least for the time being. Fire danger is high.

This is certainly not the year to be bringing out those driveway fireworks that can cause our neighborhoods and rural areas some very serious wildfire problem. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t warn you that we also have seen “pop bottle” rockets set home roofs on fire.

For the record, cherry bombs, Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s and helicopters are all examples of illegal fireworks. A good rule of thumb: Anything that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado.

The point I’m trying to make here is that all fireworks are dangerous and best left to the professionals. Please don’t take the chance of having a child receive a burn injury (sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees) or a serious hand injury for the simple fact that even the smallest of firecrackers have blown fingers off hands, young and old. I could go on and on about the dangers of personal fireworks but you all know and have heard the story before.

Individually, both Aspen and Snowmass are working hard to bring you a professional fireworks display this Fourth of July that we hope you will bring the family to enjoy and forgo the backyard use of illegal fireworks.

All of the firefighters here in Snowmass Village implore you to rethink your Fourth of July celebration if you were planning on “impressing” your neighborhood with your pyrotechnical prowess. Please believe us, this is just not the year.

Thanks for your cooperation.

John T. Mele

Fire marshal, Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District

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