Fourth of July Fireworks Cancelled in Several States Due to Drought and Extreme Heat

Nearly half of the continental US remains in some level of drought. (FOX Weather)

Independence Day fireworks celebrations have been thwarted by a global pandemic in recent years, but 2022 has brought new challenges to the Fourth of July in the form of drought and extreme heat.

According to the US Drought Monitor’s most recent report, nearly half of the continental US remains in some level of drought. Some good news for the Southwest is that monsoon rains are providing much-needed relief to dry landscapes. However, many areas remain under drought conditions.

Hot temperatures, dry foliage and fireworks can be a dangerous combination, so many large fireworks shows happen over water to prevent wildfires.

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Fireworks start an estimated 19,500 fires every year, and more fires are reported on July Fourth than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Drought and wildfire weather are causing some communities in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Texas to outright cancel fireworks shows because of the risk. Some cities are rethinking what a fireworks show looks like and turning to drones as the solution.

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SOURCE: New York Post; FOX Weather, Emilee Speck

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