Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

Thousands turn out for city’s fireworks

July 7, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: July 7, 2005, 12:03 p.m.

After viewing Monday's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, Mayor Kenneth Bernard had only one thing to say.

"That was impressive," he said.

Everyone else in the audience seemed to agree.

Countless children walked away from the event telling their parents how great they thought it was, and some demanded they get see it again next year.

"Just about everyone had a great time," said Lorraine Gluch, economic development/ CVB assistant. "We had perfect weather for it, and it turned out really well."

The Lansing Middle School football field was certainly the place to see fireworks.

Parking spots were hard to come by as fireworks enthusiasts stretched around the field in every direction.

Some lined the field with lawn chairs and blankets. Others gathered in pickup trucks across Ida Street, while some added to the spectacle by launching their own fireworks.

City officials estimated the crowd to be between 3,000 and 4,000 people.

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The finale of Lansing's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza turns a little bit looney. Enlarge video

By the time the 20-minute fireworks show ended, a vast cloud of smoke stretched out past Main Street.

The large crowd surely made concession and memorabilia sellers happy. Featured glow sticks and necklaces were so popular that they were sold out before the show even began.

The feeling of the diverse crowd being together and enjoying themselves is what seemed to please most fans.

"The community getting together and doing something we all can enjoy is what makes this so great," said Karen Piper, who walked to the Middle School from her home.

Piper watched the show with her husband, Dan, who added that his favorite part of the fireworks show was spending time with family.

As for other fireworks, it was a relatively quiet weekend for the Fourth. Police Chief Steve Wayman said officers received only a handful of noise complaints - about six overall - and no fireworks-related injuries were reported in the city.

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