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Fireworks set for Fourth

June 29, 2006

The city of Lansing's fireworks display on Independence Day will last about 22 minutes, but it will be the culmination of months of planning by the show's producer.

Jamie Miller, director of Leavenworth County EMS, has produced Lansing's Fourth of July fireworks show for all six of its years. Planning for Tuesday's show, which is set for dusk, about 9:30 p.m., began in September.

"That's when we started mixing the music, picking the shells, things like that," Miller said this week.

The show will be at Lansing Middle School, 509 W. Ida St.

Miller said he's scripted a show set to classic rock 'n' roll.

"Songs like 'Bad to the Bone,' 'Old-Time Rock 'n' Roll,' and groups like Kiss," he said.

Miller, who has been involved with fireworks shows for about 10 years, said Lansing's is a high-tech show.

"It's all computer-based, electronically-fired and timed to the music," he said.

In the end, though, it's about the fireworks.

This year, Miller said, there will be more than 1,200 aerial shells plus hundreds of groundworks and fountains.

In all, the "product" being used in the show costs about $10,000, Miller said.

A news release from the city said parking for the show would be available on side streets adjacent to the school; handicapped parking will be on the east side of LMS.

Seating will be on the LMS north lawn and the school's football field, where the Lansing Historical Society and Lansing Alumni Association will run a concession stand and Leaven-worth County Fire District No. 1 Women's Auxiliary will sell glow necklaces.

Discharging fireworks is not permitted on the event grounds nor within 500 feet of the main display staging area perimeter.

Also, starting 8 p.m., Mary Street will be closed from Lansing Heights to De Soto Road until the conclusion of the event.

Terry Huhn will sing the national anthem.

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