Dry West Replaces Fourth Of July Fireworks With Drones
(Aspen, CO) — Some towns in the drought-stricken West are replacing fireworks with drones this Fourth of July. The “New York Times” says Aspen, Colorado put on a Fourth of July light show inspired by the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, using 50 drones with lights set to music. CNN says Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California will use 500 drones for its light show, which will take place Thursday. Carefree, Arizona said it’s replacing its traditional fireworks show with an “alternative” fireworks show using drones because of drought conditions.
Many Western towns have cancelled fireworks this Fourth of July. Durango, Colorado canceled its annual fireworks display because of dry conditions. The 416 Fire, not far from Durango, has grown to over 53-thousand acres and is about 40-percent contained. Nine wildfires are still burning in Colorado.
John Abrahamsen/mwl AZ)
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