Afraid of more fires, California asks charities to not sell fireworks this 4th

No less a patriot than the governor himself is asking Californians to forgo home fireworks this July 4 — though he expects the charities that sell them will scream like a Piccolo Pete.

With hundreds of wildfires charring the state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger entreated citizens to skip the pyrotechnics this exceptionally dry year. He spoke Wednesday at a news conference in Big Sur, near the Basin Complex fire where 19,100 acres have already burned.

"I know that the people who are selling all this stuff are going to go crazy now when I say this — but don't buy any of the fireworks," the governor said.

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