Fireworks rained out for first time

Published 11:00 pm Monday, July 8, 2013

For the first time in 30 years, the City of Troy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show was a complete washout.

Dan Smith, Troy Parks and Recreation Department director, said that although the rain stopped and the skies cleared around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, there were concerns about moving ahead with the fireworks display.

“Setup for the fireworks show takes about six hours and the technical shooter for the show had environmental concerns and so did we,” Smith said. “Also, there is a great investment by the city for the show and we didn’t want to have a medium-size crowd. We wanted it to be a great event. There were just too many factors that came into play.”

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Smith said that weather was a factor in many of the fireworks shows that were planned all across the state.

“At least 40 fireworks shows were cancelled in Alabama on the Fourth of July,” he said. “We were extremely disappointed but we had to go with the advice given to us by the fireworks company that provides the technical aspects of shooting the show.”

Smith said no date has been set for the makeup fireworks show, but several dates, including Labor Day, are being considered.

“It is our hope that we will be able to fit the fireworks show into the schedule at Veterans Memorial Stadium,” he said. “And, we also have to consider Charles Henderson High School’s schedule because the fireworks are shot from that campus.”

Smith said great consideration was given to postponing the 2013 Fourth of July fireworks display and great consideration will be given as to when the show will be rescheduled.

“Normally, five to six thousand people enjoy the Fourth of July Fireworks show inside and outside the stadium,” he said. “We want to plan the fireworks show when the greatest number of people will have an opportunity to enjoy it.”