Columbia and Jefferson City fireworks shows expected to go on as planned

Jul 4, 2012

There will still be fireworks displays in Columbia and Jefferson City today, despite exceptionally dry conditions lately.

The City of Boonville decided to postpone its fireworks display this year due to the high heat, humidity and drought-like conditions in the last few weeks.  The folks at Bolster Castle in Kingdom City made the same decision. Superintendent of Columbia Parks and Recreation Karen Chandler says in years past, the city shot its display from a grass field.

“I don’t know if they would have let us do it, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’d want to!” said Chandler.

She says, fortunately this year, the Fire in the Sky display was already moved closer to downtown Columbia, and will be set off from the roof of a parking garage. So she expects everything to go as planned.

“The fire marshal’s office will have lots of spotters, and they will be very careful with this show and we will listen to them and whatever they advise us to do they will do. Primarily we’re just concerned if we have high winds," said Chandler.

In Jefferson City the story’s much the same – Salute to America Festival Director Jill Snodgrass says the fire department is an integral part of their safety plan. And their venue also helps ease concerns.

“We have a unique situation in that we shoot over a river. So we’re just taking a  little bit extra added precautions to keep the area wet," said Snodgrass.

Meantime there were also be a fireworks display Wednesday night at the Fulton Country Club, as planned.