Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, standing near the area of brush fires in Big Sur, which were ignited by lightning strikes, asks people not to do fireworks this year because of dry brush conditions.
Legal fireworks in California (shown at left in front of my house last year), purchased from stands - that are run by local Boy Scout troops, local Boys and Girls Clubs, Kiwanis, AVFW, etc. for charitable purposes - do not fly into the air and emit sparks and showers thereof in a radius of about 5 to 6 feet. We have been doing them for years in front of my home - on asphalt - on the 4th of July and a couple of hundred bucks of those is worth not having to fight traffic to get into a stadium to see a bigger display.
To our governor: girly man!