Fourth of July: drones to replace firework displays due to wildfire risk
by Ern2906 ·
Laser light show and droning displays will replace fireworks across drought-stricken areas of the western US on Independence Day
The night sky above Aspen will light up with a patriotic showing this Fourth of July as always merely not with the usual fireworks.
For the first time, the flashings of red, white and blue glowing against the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains will be provided by drones.
Wildfire risk is so high in the drought-stricken Rockies and across the American west that the renowned ski town has canceled the traditional Independence Day fireworks as have a number of others in Colorado, Arizona, California and elsewhere.
And with experts warning that climate change is leading to prolonged drought and extreme flame risk in the longer term, dronings and lasers could increasingly become the new fireworks.
Flagstaff, Arizona, is among those cities that have canceled their fireworks this 4 July. An event organizer told planners tried to get a laser present as an alternative but presenters were all booked up not least by a laser display planned for the Grand Canyon.
Many places are attaining do with processions, concerts, children competitions, costume parties and other flame-free events. But Aspen is building its mark with a 50 -drone computerized display.
We had to come up with a highlight for our festivities so were doing a drone demonstrate. It should be fun, a little bit new age, told Melissa Wisenbaker, a spokeswoman for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, which is organizing the event.
The idea came from a spectacular drone reveal at the most recent winter Olympics, she said, which became a media and internet sensation. Fleets of coordinated dronings danced in the skies above Pyeongchang, South Korea, and swarmed variously into the shapes of a flying plunge, a leaping snowboarder and the Olympic rings.
There’s a big flame outlaw in Aspen right now, and other areas of Colorado. We’ve never had a prohibition this harsh in effect, Wisenbaker said.