It’s not the most interesting or compelling story of the year from Parker, AZ, but you can never tell what the news outlets are going to find newsworthy.
A fireworks show ending in a (not particularly large) brush fire here on Monday night caught the attention of the national press, who reported it with the following headlines after Parker Live posted it here:
- Independence Day celebration turns sour in US – Vanguard
- Fireworks display sets off wildfire at Arizona resort – New York Post
- Fourth of July fireworks display sparks brushfire in Arizona – TODAY
- Fireworks were great, then the desert started burning – Daily Mail
- Fireworks spark wildfire in Arizona – Washington Post
The national nature of this had a lot to do with timing. Big news organizations are looking for holiday-related stories over the 4th of July weekend anyway, and since most branches of government aren’t producing any of the news they normally do, it provides more room for stuff like this.
Another big factor that made it interesting for today’s generation of news publishers was the existence of photos and videos of the incident. This can’t be overstressed – they’re all looking for interesting things to look at, and this fit the bill. Parker local John Croteau’s video got shared a bunch, which was cool.
And for those who haven’t seen it, here’s BlueWater’s own video of the whole show, fed live to Facebook as it happened on Monday.