Sale of Fireworks Banned in Grand Junction, Parts of Montrose County
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As a result of the many fires in Colorado, the use of fireworks was banned weeks ago. However, on Friday afternoon, the sale of fireworks was also banned in the Grand Junction area and parts of Montrose County.
Fireworks City, a store in Grand Junction, is now closed until next year. The owner says they have experienced bans before, but never to this extent.
Officials say due to the extreme hot and dry weather, they're taking every precaution imaginable to make sure nothing else will start a fire.
Christine Decoster, a Redlands resident, says she is happy to see authorities crack down. "I think if someone were to buy them, they'd probably use them, and they'd probably do it in their backyard or somewhere where they don't think the police can find them. As we're in a Stage 2, I don't think that it's appropriate this year. It's just not worth it."
Aileen Logan, co-owner of Black Cat Fireworks in Montrose, says her family's fireworks business is struggling financially due to these bans. "Normally, by now, I've made enough to pay my bills. This year, I know I can't pay for most of them. I understand the hysterical danger of not adding any extra to the lightning and mother nature, but I also think that they can get a little more hysterical on cigarettes," said Logan.
Montrose County has also banned the sale of fireworks, but the city of Montrose still allows fireworks to be sold. There are currently two stands open.
As a result of the ban, many Fourth of July fireworks shows have also been canceled.