With the increased risk of fire in many areas of the Southwest, cities are looking at alternatives for their Fourth of July shows.
Many communities across the country will use drones instead of setting off fireworks on this holiday.
Hire UAV Pro, a Denver-based company, uses their drones to create a synchronized light display.
Graham Hill, the owner of the drone company, says his phone has been ringing non-stop since fire bans were put in place.
“Last year we probably had about a dozen requests. But this year we’ve probably had three or four hundred inquiries,” Hill said.
Drone light shows can use up to 1,000 drones flying in formation at a constant location. The drones are programmed to perform lighting effects, animations and even dances.
Hire UAV Pro says its light shows take up the entire sky, go up to 400 feet high and spread hundreds of feet depending on the number of drones.
Hill says Colorado has been proactive in canceling fireworks since last year’s Marshall Fire.
“The biggest impetus to do this to replace firecrackers came with the Louisville fires that broke out over the winter,” Hill explained. “And I think that’s really what’s got everyone alarmed that it’s possible we have such widespread destruction from fires in January, February. We really need to push that forward for the summer.”
The company hosted drone shows for several Colorado cities throughout the Fourth of July weekend.
And as wildfire concerns mount, the Centennial State isn’t the only area looking to the skies for a creative light show.
“We got a lot of calls from Utah, then a lot of calls from Southern California, and finally the Arizona and New Mexico kind of calls,” Hill said. “Well, it was kind of interesting to see. You know, the direct correlation between fires starting and our phones ringing.”
Many cities have even banned fireworks due to the extreme drought in the southwest.
Most of the western half of the US is experiencing at least moderate drought conditions.
And with little sign of drought relief on the horizon, Hill says it’s already working to increase its fleet of drones for bookings in 2023.
“If we can help communities have fun and safe outdoor entertainment, and hopefully people think it’s cool, then I think there’s no limit to how far that can go,” Hill said.
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