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Fourth of July firework preparations in light of new water restrictions

Fourth of July firework celebrations come as local water agencies start enforcing state-mandated water restrictions. Starting earlier this month, daytime watering is no longer allowed. 

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"So with the new watering restrictions, I expect many people probably have grass that's getting a little brown or dried out," said Ashley Metzger with Desert Water Agency. "Make sure that any displays you have either from the city that are nearby or on your own property are done safely and with a bucket of water nearby."

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News Channel 3 also reached out to the City of Palm Springs' special event manager, Jasmine Waits, in regards to the City's upcoming firework show safety.

"In regards to water and water restrictions, we aren't making any significant changes to our current method of implementing the fireworks," said Waits. "Where any of the fireworks might fall into is predominantly on concrete that falls into one of our very large parking lots."

The city's fireworks will be set off in an area where there is artificial grass with the fallout zone in a nearby parking lot. 

"So we currently don't feel there's any need to make any major changes to our process of shooting fireworks for this year's show," said Waits.

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The City of Palm Desert's firework display will also not be affected by the watering restrictions because it's taking similar precautions as Palm Springs. 

Cal Fire said professional firework shows undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure public and property safety.  

"We're happy to see that the cities are aware of the restrictions and kind of tailoring the fireworks displays to make sure that there are no fire hazards," said Metzger.

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