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In a Wyoming Tribune Article today, County Comissioners for Laramie County banned the sell and discharge of fireworks as well as any outdoor fires with some exceptions. The ban went into effect 5pm Tuesday. Laramie County Fire Warden David Thompson said unseasonably warm weather, little precipitation and extremely dry grasses brought the ban earlier this year.
The ban permits outdoor fires in the following cases:
• Campfires within an established fire ring at an established campground.
• Charcoal fires with enclosed grills.
• Use of acetylene cutting torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas 10 feet in radius.
• Propane or open fire branding activities in cleared areas 10 feet in radius.
• Trash or refuse fires between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., inside a container with a spark arrester and located within a cleared area 10 feet in radius.
• Burning irrigation ditches.
Fireworks Banned Wyoming Tribune
I understand completely that the dry season would be a good reason for this concern. But we must also understand that the selling of fireworks are some people's livelyhood. "This has tremendous impact on people who sell fireworks for a living," said Melchior, who represents Jim's Fireworks. "It's devastating." I think that the county comissioners should ban the discharge of fireworks but not the selling of fireworks.