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Drought-Parched West Coast States Restrict July 4 Fireworks Displays

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As Reuters reports, several communities have imposed outright bans on pyrotechnics, and Cupertino, Calif., and Anchorage, Ala., have both canceled their fireworks shows over drought concerns. High temperatures have raised the fire risk in large swaths of the northwest, where blazes destroyed the central Washington town of Wenatchee this week. Twenty-six large wildfires were burning across Alaska as of Thursday, and eight burned across Oregon.

Authorities urged fireworks enthusiasts to take precautions and avoid setting off large airborne fireworks that could emit dangerous sparks.

As Sacramento municipal lawmaker Susan Peters put it, residents should only use products that are “safe and sane.”