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City explains reasoning behind early start to fireworks show

July 6, 2010

City Hall officials this morning were explaining their decision to start Sunday’s Fourth of July fireworks show early.

In a news release, the city cited inclement weather and safety as the reasons the fireworks at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park began about 8 p.m. rather than at its usual dusk start.

“Based on weather forecasts and radar showing thunderstorms moving into the area, the show started early because of the oncoming threat of lightning,” the release said. “The show’s pyrotechnics require extensive use of electronics equipment, which leaves both volunteer staff and equipment at risk in storms. The decision to start early was also based on the large number of attendees who came out to the park early and were in place for the show. Show was started early based on the instant decision of city leaders in consultation with the show’s pyrotechnician.”

For additional information, contact Ken Miller, the city’s public information officer, at 208-6650 or


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