Fireworks Restrictions Stifle Sales; Won't Stifle Spirit
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Your own personal fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
It was a privilege much of the state didn't get in 2012 and something area residents, as well as vendors, were looking forward to this year before Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted.
"Sales have been fairly slow this year. People are being more cautious about what they're plans are for the holiday," explained Pastor Paul Labig with Church on the Rock Youth Ministries.
The church is raising money for summer retreats and had a goal of $5,000.
"We'll probably get half that," said Labig.
It's a register half full situation. Vendors are glad they can still sell, even if people can't enjoy their popping presents in the present. But they almost may as well not be open.
"That is a conflict for a lot of people. They don't understand why we're open and the city and county allow for that. They're explanation was that once the BLM puts the ban in place, the county has to comply with that. They don't, however, have to restrict sales.
Fire officials say unlike last year, conditions this year don't warrant outlawing what little commerce firecracker businesses see from the holiday.
"Almost every year that I've been here we've had fire restrictions at some point during the summer. Sometimes they come in May. Sometimes they come in June. When they come right before the Fourth of July, that always creates a lot of questions because of the fireworks," said Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins.
The good news, though, is that professional fireworks displays are still being allowed for Independence Day.