July 03, 2008

Tribes sell fireworks

Tulalip Tribes' Boom City draws thousands to its fireworks boothsRows of fireworks stands stood 10 wide and 15 deep, all constructed of plywood boards tacked together and splashed with colorful paint.

Inside were people who know the fireworks business, people who have spent decades learning it.

These 154 booths make up Boom City on the Tulalip Tribes reservation.

"These few weeks a year it really does become its own city," said Mike Dunn, who has sold fireworks at the Marysville-area reservation for more than 30 years.
Fireworks Sold on Tribal Land: Illegal in AZ, ImperialWith the 4th of July right around the corner, some folks are in the market for fireworks. While the sparklers are illegal in Arizona and parts of California, they can easily be bought on tribal land.

"There's this thing going around, the illegals, which that's anywhere from things that go in the sky and blow up. Everything here is 'safe and sane' not insane," says fireworks vendor, Izzy England. He and his family sell their merchandise on the Quechan reservation.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
That's what always has amused writerfella about EuroMan law: guns that might kill people are legal and fought over tooth and nail to keep them legal. Fireworks that might burn property are illegal and fought over tooth and nail to keep them illegal. Property therefore is more important to EuroMan than human life and the most recent 500 years of history on the NovaMundian continents fully demonstrates that principle...
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Russ Bates