Hazelwood cancels July 4th fireworks display

Hazelwood Officials Cancel July 4th Fireworks
Display Because of Public Safety Concerns

    Taking into consideration a warning issued by the National Weather Service urging citizens to use extreme caution due to the unseasonably dry conditions, triple digit temperatures and high humidity, as well as personal inspections of the event site by the City’s Fire Chief, Hazelwood officials have confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Fourth of July pyro-musical fireworks display at White Birch Park.

“Although we regretfully have to cancel our City’s July 4th fireworks display this year, the decision was made to protect the safety of residents and property in and around the park area,” said Hazelwood Fire Chief Dave Radel.  “White Birch Park is a unique venue in that it provides a more intimate setting for a rather large and substantial display.  However, these same characteristics can provide a problem with drifting fallout from the aerial shells since a tinder dry wooded area is only 47 feet from the fireworks bunker.”

Chief Radel personally inspected the wooded area and found a ravine covered by thick and extremely dry underbrush.  The possibility of “wetting down” this exposure would be counterproductive since several water conservation alerts have been issued.  Plus, the treacherous terrain could cause injuries to firefighters if they went in to battle a fire.

“Our main concern is public safety whenever we host an event of this magnitude.  Since we have no way of controlling the drifting fallout from the exploding rockets, it only takes a couple of sparks to create a rapidly spreading grass or brush fire which could put our audience members and surrounding properties at risk.  It is for these reasons we made the decision to cancel this year’s July 4th fireworks display,” he added.

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