4 injured by firework during Utah Summer Games ceremony

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  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    June 16, 2019 5:40 p.m.

    I agree with my colleague from Orem. Fireworks are blown way out of proportion, and are way overrated! Instead of faking ooohs and aaahs, use the money to give citizens a free movie ticket! I'd rather oooh and aaah to a Rocky Horror cult classic!

  • BestSolutions Orem, UT
    June 16, 2019 8:32 a.m.

    There was once a time when fireworks displays were moderate displays and substantially less aggressive that were available for the public. But today it seems the rule is bigger is better and more is better, no restraint of any kind. The fireworks problem reflect our social problems, always going to extremes regardless of injury to people and property, again no restraint. I feel that Fireworks is literally money being burned up, money that could be used for the public good. Isn't a parade and family picnics enough, with the old style fireworks that were smaller and less expensive and much more safe-- novelty fireworks. The states that are responsible to the public good still have laws which only allow the novelty fireworks, but Utah was bought out by the fireworks lobbyists. Yes we might get a few dollars of sales tax, but we spend millions of dollars fighting the fires caused by them. IN JULY the air is filled with smoke and debris, and the noise is deafening, and people go crazy! I think the fireworks sellers should be assessed an extra tax to pay for the fire fighting costs and damage to people and property. A fund should be available to those who are the victims.