Durango cancels fireworks display and 4th of July parade amid COVID and fire danger concerns | KOB 4

Durango cancels fireworks display and 4th of July parade amid COVID and fire danger concerns

Diana Castillo
Created: June 30, 2020 06:14 PM

DURANGO, C.O.—Residents of Durango won’t be celebrating the 4th of July like they’re used to after the city canceled the 4th of July parade and fireworks show.

"Based on the fact that we we’re under fire restrictions, that we had four or five significant fires around our area in the last couple of weeks, and it doesn't look like we're going to get any soaking rains between now and the Fourth of July—just from a community standpoint, it just made sense to cancel the fireworks rather than taking a risk,” said Hal Doughty, chief of the Durango Fire Protection District


In nearby Farmington, the sky will be glowing for the city’s annual fireworks show. The display is scheduled for July 3. on Sullivan Hill, but certain fireworks are not allowed within city limits.

In a previous interview, Farmington Deputy Chief Brandon Heard said people should be cautious.

"We need to ensure that folks are using fireworks and are enjoying them safely and doing it in a barren area or asphalt area,” he said.

Durango Fire Chief Hal Doughty said fireworks from New Mexico are not allowed in Colorado due to the different rules and regulations.

Those who are caught with illegal fireworks will be cited.

Chief Doughty also added that people should still enjoy the holiday, but should be careful with any fire activities.


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