Drought won't stop fireworks in dry western states

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In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Brian Herrman, a co-owner of Red Hot Fireworks in Phoenix, puts out new items on the shelves as sales of fireworks have been brisk at the store. Although Phoenix has gone a full 120 days without any measurable precipitation there has not been any serious effort in the drought-stricken states to restrict fireworks. Arizona actually loosened its restrictions this year and allowed residents of the two most populated cities to set off fireworks around Independence Day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

But you'll still see and hear fireworks sparkle and pop during the days around July 4, despite the dangerously high threat of wildfires.

While some places in the West ban fireworks altogether, or greatly limit what you can light off when conditions are ripe for fire, other states are going in the opposite direction. (AP)

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