Drone Show Replaces Fireworks Due to Drought in Arizona

July 5, 2018 8:23 pm Last Updated: July 5, 2018 8:23 pm

A drone show replaced a traditional fireworks display to celebrate the 4th of July, 2018 in Carefree, Arizona.

While flying in the sky, the drones kept changing their shape and color. Nearly 100 drones equipped with LED lights were used in the show.

Firefly Drone Shows, one of three FAA-approved drone entertainment companies, offered the free show to local residents.

“All the movements and colors are designed on the computer weeks before we ever arrive on site,” said Kyle Dorosz, co-founder of Firefly Drones Shows, “A lot of planning goes into place well before a show is tested or even launched.”

One factor that helped the community decide to replace the fireworks with drones is the recent drought across northern Arizona. The National Weather Service in Flagstaff released a warning about the risk of wildfire before Independence Day.

A local resident said that he loves fireworks, but the drones were “pretty cool.” Another said the drone show is better for animals and veterans who have PTSD.