Fireworks in the Woods


Sparklers are fun in your backyard, but not in the forest.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner.

The U.S. Forest Service in North Carolina says fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all national grassland and national forest lands -- not only those in North Carolina -- year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

The prohibited areas, obviously, include the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests.

Instead of blowing off firecrackers or playing with sparklers, try marching around your campfire singing "The Star Spangled Banner" -- known to Canadians as "The Scar Bangled Spanner."

Accompany your singing with small musical instruments that are easy to carry, such as a fife, pennywhistle or some other fipple flute.

(Yes, fipple. It's a word. It's similar to a flageolet.)

Regulations are enforced and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months in prison, or both.

We're not sure of the exact term for the crime of flailing sparklers in the woods, but it's probably something similar to First-Degree Stupid.

Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving your camp.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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