The location, south of Cemetery Road, is filled with piles of dirt, broken concrete and brush, presenting a hazard to a safe fireworks display. And, firefighters have grown frustrated with an audience that does not adhere to the department’s ban on bringing personal fireworks when they come to the show.
The department is worried about people’s safety, Darrah said.
Also, when many of Powell’s firefighters are busy lighting fireworks at the show, they are short-handed when summoned to a fire or other incident. And, typical dry summer conditions often contribute to more fires when people celebrating the nation’s independence inadvertently start fires with their fireworks, Darrah said.
Prior to July 4, firefighters traditionally invested two evenings going door-to-door soliciting money for the show. They also sent mailers asking for monetary support.
The money raised the previous year was earmarked for the following year’s show. For example, in 2013, firefighters raised the money for the 2014 display, Darrah said.
This year firefighters will not be going door-to-door.
It costs between $10,000 to $12,000 to purchase the fireworks a year in advance. It has become increasingly more difficult to raise that, Darrah said.
He hopes another community-minded organization will read this article and take over the fireworks show. The department would gladly provide their expertise.
“I would hope that somebody would pick it up,” Darrah said.