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Our Opinion: Aridzona, snuff fireworks bill fizzle in dry Az

As if the Legislature doesn’t have important matters to consider in this wretched economy, now comes a bill to legalize sparklers and fountain fireworks in Arizona.

No thanks. As in Australia, one spark from fireworks in bone-dry Arizona could decimate an entire landscape. The flickering fun produced by these fireworks is far from benign; it can be disastrous.

The bill from the House Commerce Committee is being pushed by the fireworks industry. It most assuredly is not being promoted by health and safety advocates or by conservationists and environmentalists.

Republicans Fife Symington and Jane Hull both vetoed similar legislation as governors in the 1990s, rightly noting the wildfire danger inherent in fireworks in the desert.

The Aspen and Bullock fires that scarred Mount Lemmon are good modern reminders. No to fireworks.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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