Preparing for the Fourth of July

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Mesa County is currently under stage one fire restrictions.

It hasn’t stopped Mesa County residents from buying fireworks.

Local fireworks vendors say business is brisk again.

Josiah Wright, a local firework vendor says, “‘we’ve had quite a few people come through. It’s hard to tell cause usually the first couple of days are slow. People don’t know where our locations at and stuff. We’re open and our numbers are pretty consistent.”

Although the personal use of fireworks isn’t allowed, the city of Grand Junction is encouraging residents to watch the cities display from a distance.

Ken Sherbenou, with Grand Junction Parks and Rec says, “this year it’s in the form of hopefully watching the show from Lincoln Park or within the stadium or somewhere in the valley and it’ll be a professional show put on by a professional pyrotechnic company.”

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office warns that if residents don’t follow the rules, your wallet could take a hit.

Megan Terlecky, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, says, “if you happen to cause a fire during stage one fire restrictions not only could you be facing criminal charges, but you could also be held financially responsible for any of the damage incured by the fire.”

Ellis Thompson-Ellis with the Grand Junction Fire Department has some tips, “that means not using personal fireworks, be really careful about anything that could cause a spark, trailer chains, cigarette butts, grills,  barbeques and then lastly celebrate responsibly and then everyone has a happy and safe holiday.”

For more information on fire restrictions, visit https://mcgis.mesacounty.us/portal/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=4d2a1edb1afb4e838e9131ff675aa47f.

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