On July 4, the U.S. throws itself a big birthday party. That usually means town parades, backyard barbeques, and lots and lots of fireworks. This year, not so much. Given belt-tightening budgets and bone-dry lands, fireworks displays have been canceled across the country.
Here are some guidelines about whether it's safe -- and legal -- to get your own sparklers.
Regulations are set locally and vary by county, even within the same state. So, check with your local government -- the neighborhood fire station should set you straight -- before you plan your own show.
Severe droughts have put a dimmer on light shows from Florida to Arizona. And statistics back up the fears: The National Fire Protection Association notes that more fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day of the year. In 2009, fireworks were blamed for an estimated 18,000 fires.
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