Fireworks get the all clear |

Fireworks get the all clear

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Independence Day just isn’t the same without fireworks. So that’s why the communities of Garfield County have the green light for fireworks displays up and down the valley, according to area fire chiefs.”As long as there aren’t some last-minute catastrophes,” said Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper. “Being from Glenwood I know that can happen, but we are getting ready to light them off.”Piper indicated that area fire departments greatly encourage residents to use caution this Fourth of July holiday and refrain from bringing and lighting personal fireworks during the show or otherwise this season.”People have to understand how dangerous they (fireworks) are,” Piper said. “Those kinds of things are going to hinder the enjoyment of the show for others.”Carbondale, Rifle and the Talbotts’ fireworks displays are also still scheduled for this evening, barring any major incident on the south end of town, like last week’s fire in Glenwood Springs, said Carbondale Fire Deputy Chief Carl Smith.”We do have plans and staff on for a typical day, whatever that is,” Smith said. “But when incidents occur like what happened in Glenwood, we don’t have enough staff to cover both.”In the case of a fire or other incident in the area, some fireworks shows would be called off at the last minute. But fire departments are proceeding with caution and preparing sites for ignition.”We’re getting ready and doing prep work for it,” Smith said.Rifle’s show is planned to start at dusk as well, but the Rifle Fire Protection District is requesting residents not to park on Stillwell Avenue, in case of emergency.The Talbotts’ fireworks display is also scheduled as planned for the area of New Castle near the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park.The Glenwood display has been moved from Two Rivers Park to an open field near the Glenwood Springs Community Center. However, there will be no parking at the Community Center, according to Piper. Piper said that the best view will still probably be from Two Rivers Park.Despite the dry conditions, the fire departments are attempting to make this another great Independence Day. But Piper stressed the need for residents to leave personal fireworks at the fireworks stands this year.”If the founding fathers would have signed the Declaration of Independence on January 1, we would be in a lot better shape,” Piper said. Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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