Fireworks so far have green light for July 4th

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Drought conditions made home fireworks illegal the past couple of summers, but this July Fourth is shaping up to be much brighter.

There is no fire ban in place for Mesa County right now thanks to wetter weather this past Spring.

Firework stores, like Shoot the Moon Fireworks at Patterson and 24 Roads, are popping up around the Grand Valley for the first time in the past two years.

"It's exciting," said Paul Jones, a Shoot the Moon Fireworks employee. "The people that own the company of course if they don't get to sell in a certain year they're losing money."

Fireworks that stay close to the ground like fountains and sparklers are legal when there are no fire restrictions.

Fireworks that shoot into the air are illegal in Colorado and could cause someone to face a fine up to $750 and possibly six months of jail time.

Jonathan Hobbs, fire protection officer for the Grand Junction Fire Department, said people need to still use caution with fireworks at home.

"Shoot them off in something concrete, asphalt that's not going to burn," he said. "Don't do it on your front lawn, don't do it under trees, that kind of thing."

Even without a fire ban, fireworks could still be illegal to shoot off at home when the National Weather Service issues a red flag warning.

You can check the status of that before you pull out the lighter at the following link: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt/?n=firewx


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