Salt Lake mayor proposes canceling fireworks displays for cleaner air

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  • DarkStar Bluffdale, UT
    June 1, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    I'm all for SLC cancelling the shows and letting people send Ralph Becker a symbolic message by supporting the firework industry in buying their own fireworks and having neighborhood firework celebrations. It's a great way to party and have fun without going anywhere, and a super way to get to know your neighbors. My neighbors and I get together and light off lots of fireworks. One has a soft cone ice cream machine and we all love the cold ice cream on a hot night. Everyone brings something and we all have fun enjoying the show and visiting with each other.

  • my_two_cents_worth university place, WA
    May 28, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    I'm mixed on this. My dogs seriously stress when fireworks are going off and will sit in the corner shaking for a good hour after they have stopped. Worse, I know a fair number of veterans from Vietnam and the more recent wars who suffer flashbacks and other PTSD-type symptoms when fireworks are going off. With an organized event it's easy enough for me to keep my dogs away from the noise and most vets who need to can probably place distance between themselves and the celebrations. How to deal with the individual and often illegal fireworks going off in neighbor hoods is the bigger problem.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    We don't have the inversion problem in the summer that we do in the winter, so cancelling New Year's Eve type events (we were in an inversion that day) would make more sense than cancelling these.

  • Pardon-me-twice Tooele, UT
    May 28, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    Has he been talking to the Tooele County commissioners.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 28, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    If we ban them... we should ban them because of the fires the neighborhood variety starts every year.

    We keep the fire departments way to busy that night.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 28, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    All fireworks should be banned, but not for this reason. Fireworks - including state-sponsored ones - are in violation of local and state noise ordinances. Why is it OK for citizens and the state itself to break the law on certain days of the year?

    All of us who have to get up early for work on July 5th

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    Style over substance, the liberal mantra. The amount of "air-pollution" the fireworks show adds is infinitesimal to the amount of air pollution created each year. Why not ban back yard fire pits? Ban camping in the canyons? Have you ever seen how much smoke a campfire produces? This is silly.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Firework shows are expensive, the last few years the citizens and private groups have paid for it because the cities revenue was down, they probably just didn't budget hoping some private party would pay again.

    Probably more about the cost than the pollution.

    Not to mention without a group fireworks show, there will be makeup neighborhood shows, that will more than cover the pollution of the single show, and the ER will be busier than usual as a bonus.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    I wonder how much pollution everybody heading out of town, or driving to picnics and fireworks causes....

    We could take vilifying fireworks to the extreme and target only the things people enjoy, and things that will impact people the most, but there are many things that cause WAY more pollution than fireworks (that go on every day).

    And there are things that happen (some of them natural) that make SLC's fireworks look like nothing. Forest fires for one. Ever seen how much smoke even a small wild fire puts out?

    If we could prevent even ONE forest fire this year... it would offset more air pollution than every city doing fireworks every night the whole summer.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    May 28, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    I wonder how much pollution parades cause?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    May 28, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    How about if we install itty-bitty catalytic converters on all those rockets?

  • utahgolfer ROY, UT
    May 28, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    One or two nights of smoke will make no difference in the air quality. Try something substantial such as no drive days or more telework days. Maybe work to make public trans more affordable for more people.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    I can get it if the show(s) is/are cancelled due to lack of funding, but air pollution? I don't buy that one. I venture that an equivalent amount of "pollution" is created by burned hotdogs and hamburgers in the Salt Lake Valley on any given weekend.

    As to the budget issue, try to have the community raise the $25K privately through donations from private citizens and businesses.

  • Its Common Knowledge Houston, TX
    May 28, 2014 3:21 a.m.

    I can smell the "stupid" in Mayor Becker's proposal all the way to Texas. First he will eliminate your public fireworks displays, then he'll outlaw private fireworks displays and sales of fireworks in the city limits. Eventually you'll all be driving to Wyoming to celebrate the Fourth of July. What a Patriot!

  • catseye MAGNA, UT
    May 27, 2014 10:04 p.m.

    I think sometimes we take things too far and end up going off the deep end. This seems to be one of those times. A few times a year, some traditional celebration takes place and people have a good time together as a community and as families. This happens all over the country. It's been happening just a few times per year for many decades. I don't think it is a major contributor to any of our long term problems. Let's be reasonable and balanced about this. Can you imagine what the opening ceremonies during the Olympics would have been like without the fireworks? We just need to be reasonable and not lose perspective. There's nothing wrong with good wholesome fun every once in a while.

  • kbingh CLEARFIELD, UT
    May 27, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    So how many thousands will get in their cars and drive to places that will hold fireworks? The extra traffic will put far more pollution in the air than fireworks will.

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    May 27, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    @boneheaded, but not a smidgen - air quality is a huge issue this state needs to find solutions to. Ending fireworks will only have a marginal affect, but it is an opportunity to bring public attention to the broad issue.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 27, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    If citizens are making sacrifices for cleaner air what will industry do?

    It can't all be one way!

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    May 27, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    another political stunt to get attention.
    isn't there other issues to focus on?