From Colorado to Indiana, Wyoming to Missouri, dozens of cities and towns have decided to scrap their fireworks displays, driven by parched conditions and vicious wildfires.

Perhaps in no place have the cancellations been more widespread than in Colorado, where wildfires have been blazing for weeks. Fireworks displays were canceled in Aspen, Aurora and Boulder, among other places, although large shows will go on in Denver and Commerce City.

Dale Seward, president of the Chamber of Commerce in parched Delphi, Ind., said: "The way I look at it, I'd rather preside over the chamber that canceled the fireworks one year than preside over the chamber that burned the school down."

NEW YORK TIMES