It’s approaching dusk on July 4th. In the cooling air, people all across the U.S. prepare to honor a very American tradition: blowing things up. Mom, a little wobbly after a couple glasses of hard lemonade, drags a damp box out of the basement that smells of mold and sulfur.
“Run to the Res” is one of the codes that people have been known to use to suggest a trip to tribal land to purchase items not available off-reservation. Fireworks are among the booty sought by such day-trippers. But, is it legal for tribes to sell fireworks when it is not legal elsewhere in a state?
Question: There are “no fireworks” signs posted in all the parks in the California county where I live. I heard that if I go to a different county, I might be able to set off fireworks on the Fourth that aren’t allowed here. Is that true?
Question: A few of my neighbors and I are throwing a July Fourth barbeque in our shared backyards. We plan to set off some fireworks in a space we’ve cleared in the middle. Several of us have experience with fireworks and we plan to be careful, but what if something goes wrong?
Question: I live in a small town in a remote part of northern California that always holds a Fourth of July parade. This year, the mayor announced that the celebration would include a picnic and fireworks show at the downtown park. I’m a volunteer fire fighter for the town and I’m a little worried about the danger.