People Use Spray Paint to Mark Spots for Melaleuca Freedom Celebration in Idaho Falls

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Updated: 7/02 7:21 pm

Many of the best vantage points for the Melaleuca Freedom
Celebration fireworks show are already taken, well sort of.  They are marked with spray paint. But is this

According to a spokesperson with the Idaho Falls Police
Department they have been asked by the mayor’s office to focus on more
important things. Is it ethical? That’s another question.

The markings first appeared last week and new areas have
been tagged every day since.   

This is hardly a new problem. People have been using all
sorts of means to stake their spot for nearly as many years as the fireworks themselves.
The city does not want people to mark their spots with blankets because it is a
fire danger and they are asking people to be respectful of others.

While you’ll probably get as many responses as actual
firework shells for where the perfect spot is to watch, there is no debating that
a few of the prime spots have already been claimed.

“I don’t respect the fact that people want to spray paint
their spots and not be there,” said Greg Shigahara. “There are people out there
that will sit there all day to save their spots and then there are those people
who just mark it and then come back ten minutes before the show starts and
expect their spot to be there.”

The city’s long standing policy has been that no one has a
right to a spot without camping out. But they are also encouraging everyone to
get along.

“If you are in the store shopping, nobody respects your line
if you just leave your basket there,” said Greg Shigahara. “People will go
around you if you are not there to do it and so I don’t see why people should
be able to mark their spot and come back 10 minutes before the show, and those
people that are waiting for a spot can’t find one.”

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