One of the most unwise things the state Legislature has ever done was to expand the use of fireworks in Utah — the second driest state in the U.S. The pretext was to save money, for Utah, that Wyoming would get from Utah customers.

We will never obtain enough money from the sales tax revenue on fireworks to pay for the control of forest and brush fires caused by the additional fireworks. The prudent thing would have been for the state Legislature to ban the use of all fireworks in Utah, except for commercial fireworks contracted by the municipalities for holiday celebrations.

If there was a complete ban of fireworks in Utah, the Wyoming fireworks sales companies would close down and go out of business. Millions of dollars would be saved by preventing fires created by fireworks, and Utah residents would have more money in their own pocketbooks.

Halvor Olsen

West Bountiful