Carol Johnson is afraid. City Fire Chief Phillip Mares is afraid. Same goes for Bruce McAllister and a host of other city residents who see the tinder dry conditions, the city’s dwindling water supply and fireworks as a recipe for disaster.
“I’m scared, and at this point everybody is,” says Johnson.
Adds McAllister: “This year, everything is so tinder dry that allowing any kind of fireworks is just coming back and saying, we’re going to burn the town down... My God, how many fires do we have going in the state now?”