Due to the Flagstaff fire near Boulder, and the generally high fire danger, The Boulder Daily Camera reports, Ralphie's Independence Day Blast fireworks show at Folsom Field has been canceled this year. City officials decided that the risk to public safety is simply too great this year, and that it would be irresponsible to put on the fireworks show in conditions this dry. City officials also warned that individuals should not set off fireworks this year. They served a reminder that it is illegal for individuals to possess or use fireworks in Boulder as well as unincorporated Boulder County. Boulder police plan to enforce a zero-tolerance policy on fireworks, the illegal use of which could result in a citation, or even arson charges. Boulder police chief Mark Beckner mentioned a man who was charged with 4th degree arson over the use of fireworks.
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, the 4th of July is the day with the most reported fires by far. In 2010, 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms, and 15,500 fires were reported to have been started by fireworks across the country. Those fires resulted in 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in property damage.
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