Showers of Sparks
It amazes me that class C fireworks are still being sold in New Mexico. It seems utterly senseless given the nature of the desert which we call home. The humidity is very low, the grass and brush in the surrounding areas are very dry and require only the smallest spark to ignite a potentially uncontrollable inferno. We have seen it happen time after time from natural causes such as lightning and from carelessness such as illegal campfires.
This begs the question ... Why? Why ... when we know that these fires can easily result in the destruction of thousands of acres of trees, natural beauty and wildlife habitat, do we continue to buy fireworks? Add to this senseless equation that, although purchased by adults, most class C fireworks are ultimately used by children who may not be aware of the dangers and are frequently less than responsible even if they do.
Why? Because of money. Fireworks are big business in New Mexico. Lots of money ... mostly in cash that often goes unreported for tax purposes, changes hands in those little plywood shacks on the outskirts of town. The fireworks industry lobbyists in Santa Fe do their jobs really well. So the fireworks continue to be sold. But not only because of the lobbyists or the money ... there is also demand for the product. Without demand, fireworks companies would soon go out of business. Unfortunately, people continue to buy them. For "fun" they usually say.
Is it worth it? The average class C fireworks purchase is around $50. For that you get a few rockets and other gadgets that really don't do much. If you want to see good fireworks go to one of the many professional displays offered around Albuquerque. They are free, they are beautiful and exciting, they are often accompanied by musical themes and they are fun social gatherings. Oh ... one other thing ... they are safe. Professional fireworks promoters do their magic much higher in the air than class C fireworks. There are professionals present to consider factors like wind and safe locations for these events. Fire crews are standing by just in case of a mishap.
With all these advantages buying class C fireworks to use in your back yard is pointless. Enjoy your holiday without endangering yourself or the environment and save your money. Bring a lawn chair to a public display relax and see the really good stuff.