Published: Sunday, June 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Patriotism would include refraining from polluting our air, but in Utah,
I'm in the sliver of the minority who values clean air and water.
Patriotism and the love of blowing stuff up are not the same thing.
The fireworks lobby got a big bang for their bucks. The Utah legislature should
all volunteer to put out the fires that will be started because of their
1. The cake fireworks go up hot but come down cool and are not the reason for
the fires.2. One of the changes in the fireworks laws was to reduce the
time so pet owners wouldn't have to deal with the noise for a month.3. Another reason was people were ignoring local noise ordinances and setting
them off at 2am. A time under the state law ending most use at 11pm or Midnight
on the holiday was added.Areas of high risk can still be covered, but SLC
can't ban them over most of the city.
A very good letter.
@ Utah_1: If the cake fireworks go off properly, they come down somewhat cool -
if they do not go off properly, they come down hot.There are many
types of fireworks other than cake fireworks - and many of these are responsible
for creating fires.The other reasons you list do nothing to support
why the state legislature should overrule local ordinances - especially since it
will still be local law enforcement enforcing the limits.
Fireworks don't cause fires. People cause fires. And criminals who
set off wyoming fireworks, are going to continue to do so without the permission
of law enforcement.Gun argument works for almost any law you
don't like, just apply the "person" not the "insert any
dangerous activity here" rule.
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