Communities are switching from fireworks to drone shows

Jul 3, 2023, 9:30 PM

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FIRE: Fireworks explode over Stadium of Fire at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Many communities are switching from fireworks shows to drone displays. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City and Millcreek have replaced fireworks displays with drone shows. 

The two communities aren’t alone, it’s happening all across the country. 

Alex Caprariello, NewsNation national correspondent, tells KSL NewsRadio of the breakdown of communities that are looking to switch to drones.


“But what we’re really seeing here is a shift from authoritative perspective,” he said. “You know, city officials, mayors, that trying to make a decree for their community, ‘hey, let’s do the safe, let’s do the smart thing here. Let’s try to prevent wildfires. Let’s also clean up our air population in the mean time, and make this switch to drones.”

Caprariello is asked if drones is more cost effective than fireworks?

“No, actually from what I saw in my research today, it’s actually quite pricey to get these drones up and running,” he said. “You need professional experience as well. So, you’re hiring typically a company that’ll run the drone show for you and sometimes its upwards in the thousands of dollars.”

Caprariello is asked if there are people objecting to this.

“I think fireworks is a tradition for the Fourth of July,” he said. “…. And so people look forward to that experience every year. They want their kids to have that sense of amazement and wonder when they look up into the sky. Fourth of July is very special for that reason. We always see Fourth of July fireworks. But you’re not going to please everyone.”

Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News can be heard on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

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