GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Grand Junction Fire Department is proposing a temporary ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Grand Junction.
The proposed resolution would impose a ban on the use, sale, exchange, barter or trade of fireworks and temporary permits for fireworks within the city.
This effort is largely to protect fire department’s resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Fire Chief Ken Watkins, banning the sale would also minimize confusion of what is and is not permitted.
The resolution would go into effect on June 4th and continue until the restrictions are lifted by Chief Watkins.
“Firework calls that we get that may cause a brush fire or something like that, those take a considerable amount of resources to put out and so this is just one way that we could preserve those resources,” said Chief Watkins.
Colorado’s hot and dry summers also play a role, with Mesa County currently in moderate drought conditions.