With the drought and extreme fire danger in western Colorado this year, Glenwood Springs is considering an innovative option to fireworks, a laser light show.

A laser show won't have the traditional look and sound of fireworks, but some in Glenwood say with fireworks banned, it's an appealing option for lighting the sky on Independence Day.

Apparently, it's cost-effective, too. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports a traditional fireworks display would cost the city around $20,000. The laser light show is estimated to cost less than $15,000.

The discussion about a laser show started when Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson recommended not having a fireworks show due to extreme fire danger. That prompted City Manager Debra Figueroa to cancel Independence Day fireworks this year.

Some City Council members objected to the cancellation but a motion and vote to override Figueroa's decision ended in a tie, so the motion was recorded as a no vote. The council will now decide if they want to approve the laser show or further discuss an override on the fireworks ban.

UPDATE: At the City Council meeting Thursday night (May 17) council members finalized their decision and decided to have the laser light show instead of fireworks this year.

Source: Glenwood Springs Post Independent