With the heat and the drought, the Gard, the Alpes-Maritimes but also the Bouches-du-Rhône are facing fires. The town halls do not want to take any risks and some have already announced that they will no longer organize pyrotechnic shows in the summer.
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Will we still see fireworks during the summer holidays? In several southern departments (Gard, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône), the festivities of July 13 and 14 do not provide for a pyrotechnic show. There are countless last-minute cancellations due mainly to weather conditions.
In the Gard, for example, the drought has been raging for a month already. The mistral has been blowing hard for a few days and fires are breaking out all over the territory of the department. There will therefore be no final bouquet or sparkles in Nîmes, explains Richard Flandin, deputy to the municipality in charge of urban development: “The mayor of Nîmes canceled this fireworks display for two reasons. First to support the firefighters in Nîmes and Gard who are putting out the fire in Haut-Gard. And the second reason too, of course, to protect the people of Nîmes who have houses around the Jardins de la Fontaine. We cannot take the risk of setting fire to the hills of the city of Nîmes.”
❌Cancellation of July 14 fireworks due to risk #fire @j_paulfournier : The terrible crisis situation linked to the numerous fires in the department, which the emergency services and the firefighters are facing, leads us not to put anyone at risk. pic.twitter.com/B3WAy578Bb
— City of Nîmes (@nimes) July 8, 2022
In the neighboring department of Bouches-du-Rhône, the fear of a conflagration is just as strong. In Allauch, a town surrounded by hills and vegetation, there will also be no fireworks. And this decision could set a precedent, explains Lionel de Cala, the mayor: “I think that the fireworks in summer can only be fired in the future by the municipalities on the coast, because it will be fired from the sea with a risk that is much more limited. We, in the middle of our hills , I think that we will be led to take less and less risk, given the periods of drought which will only increase.”
The municipality of Allauch is therefore thinking of shooting its annual fireworks, no longer on July 14 but at Christmas, a period when the risk of fire is lower.