The Fourth of July is going to be a blast — literally. Despite the failure of the Florida Legislature to reform the state’s fireworks law charade, permanent and temporary pyrotechnic dealers will do a booming business this week. With the Independence Day holiday falling on a Friday, we expect the celebrations to start early and continue through the weekend.
To paraphrase Voltaire, “With great powder comes great responsibility.” Fireworks buyers have little to fear for telling vendors the little white lie that they plan to use them to scare aware birds or illuminate a dark road, but the spread of private fireworks displays does carry risk, including personal injury and property damage. In Southwest Florida, there is also the risk of a fireworks-ignited wildfire. Spotty rainfall this summer could heighten that danger.
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