Listen To The Story

Jeff Horwich: Hundreds of towns in the east and midwest face more triple-digit temperatures this week -- not to mention wildfires burning in the west. All this means fireworks won't be part of tomorrow's holiday in many towns this year.

Here's Marketplace's Eve Troeh.

Eve Troeh: Chesterfield, Mo., is one of those towns. Tom McCarthy is director of parks and recreation. He says the city got a good deal on fireworks this year, and planned to go big.

Tom McCarthy: Yeah, real big. We actually were supposed to be the largest fireworks display in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

But, the show's canceled, because the "fall zone" for fireworks debris is a field that's brown and dry as can be.

McCarthy: The conditions were just too good for a fire.

Many towns will save their fireworks to shoot off later; Chesterfield at its September food festival "Forks and Corks."

In Tippecanoe, Ind., the official fireworks will go on. Firefighters will hose down the park first, and stand by during the show. But backyard rockets have been banned, says assistant county commissioner Frank Cederquist.

Frank Cederquist: You don't know when you shoot one off at home where it's going to go. Is it going to land on someone's roof?

Many towns that've banned home pyrotechnics have added police to keep an eye and ear out for rogue explosions.

I'm Eve Troeh for Marketplace.  

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.

Follow Eve Troeh at @evetroeh