Communities in Western states such as California, Colorado, and Arizona are moving towards drone swarms as a safe alternative over organized fireworks this July 4th due to droughts and wildfires.
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association in Colorado replaced their firework show with drones knowing they had a small chance of getting fireworks permit. The Travis Air Force Base in California never did fireworks because of fire danger but this year was able to feature choreographed drones that wowed viewers in animated displays such as a gigantic red-white-blue American flag and California icons in tune of different music.
Fire workers in California are happy to see drones being utilized over fireworks. “Definitely worth it to use a drone over live fireworks,”, said Lyn Tolmachoff, spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “The drones are choreographed and programmed to ensure they don’t fall across power lines.”
Drone shows have been around for years with notable performances at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2017. China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to help reduce pollutions and drone swarms have acted as an entertainment substitute.
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