ST. GEORGE – Rock and Roll radio stations are usually the first to cheer for fireworks, but this year one station is saying “Don’t do it!”
With many Utahns forgoing the traditional driveway celebrations this Fourth of July due to fire dangers or restrictions put in place by cities and towns across the state, one Southern Utah radio station is buying back fireworks with movie tickets.
KZHK 95.9 FM The Hawk will give 50 cents on the dollar in “movie bucks” for fireworks.
Jon Smith, KZHK’s program director, said he hopes to discourage people from using fireworks on their own until the fire danger subsides. “I think with the fires we’ve seen already this year we need to say ‘hey, let’s be smart and go see a movie instead of burning our state down,’” he said.
People who want to take advantage of the offer are asked to take their fireworks to KZHK 95.9 The Hawk’s studios from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3. The station is located at 204 N. Playa Della Rosita, in Washington City. Fireworks will be exchanged for 50 cents on the dollar in movie tickets.
KONY 99.9 FM will be broadcasting a 21-minute marriage of music and patriotic narration to accompany the fully choreographed live City of St. George’s Fireworks Celebration which will fill three corners of the St. George sky, beginning at 10 p.m. on the Fourth.