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Fireworks date back as far as the seventh century in China, and chances are, shortly after that was the first fireworks-related fire.
Despite being crowd favorites, quite often the two go hand-in-hand. It’s now been more than a decade since Sedona last played host to a community fireworks display and unless several factors change, it may stay that way.

File photo/Larson Newspapers Fireworks explode over Cliff Castle Casino north of Camp Verde. Due to fire danger from a mishap or falling embers, the city of Sedona has not held an official fireworks display on the Fourth of July  since 2002. The city will host its second annual laser show at Sedona Red Rock High School on Thursday, July 4.“We’re always open for discussion,” Sedona Fire District Fire Chief Kris Kazian said. “But the health and safety component will always be the deciding factor over public opinion or popular vote. I grew up with July Fourth being one of my favorite holidays. We’re not the bad guys or the grinch that stole the Fourth of July. What we are is committed to the safety of this community.”

Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal Gary Johnson said in the 1980s fireworks were shot off from Posse Grounds but once that area began to develop, they were moved to the high school. But then in 2002 the display was cancelled due to a high fire danger and has not taken place since. Johnson said about a decade ago, the town of Williams hosted a show and on the first launch, a mortar went awry and started a brush fire.

For the full story, see the Friday, June 30, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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