Fireworks ban extends to Fruita

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Buying and selling fireworks is now banned in both Grand Junction and Fruita.

Fruita City Council voted 6-0 in favor of the ban Tuesday night.

"It's something the City of Fruita has never done," Frank Cavaliere, Fire Chief at Lower Valley Fire District, said. "So it is new territory, but it was something that was very thought out."

It's all thanks to fire danger along the Western Slope.

"Even the sparklers burn at 1,000 degrees," said Cavaliere.

The fire department says it's especially on their minds after the Skipper Island fire that torched over 200 acres.

"If someone lighting a piece of toilet paper on fire can start an over 220-acre fire, think about what a firework would do," Ben Gardner, a firefighter at Lower Valley Fire District, said.

They say even on a year with little to no fire danger, fireworks are still a problem.

"Every year since I've been here, without fail, we have gone to a fire that has been started by someone with fireworks," Gardner said.

Don't worry though, for now, the professional display on July 3 is still on.

"Right now it's just people's personal fireworks," Joel Kincaid, Mayor of the City of Fruita, said. "Normally we are not canceling the main fireworks until usually, it's pretty close to when they happen."

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