Move to cancel Garfield County Fair air show pyrotechnics doesnt fly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado A move to cancel a pyrotechnic air display during the Garfield County Rodeo & Fair at the county airport next month was shot down during a county commission meeting Monday.In the display, two airplanes fly by each other and when they pass, a man on the ground pushes a trigger that propels fuel into the air. The fuel is then ignited.Commissioner Trsi Houpt made a motion to block that air maneuver from occurring because Garfield County is faced with high fire danger. She said it was insensitive to have this type of display in August. Houpts concern stemmed from an ad that showed two airplanes flying through swirling flames and a car racing underneath. The ad has appeared several times in the Post Independent.Houpt said she couldnt support the act when people are holding their breath on a daily basis whether there is going to be a wildfire in their backyard. She said she was concerned by the perception of the county approving such a display.Commissioners Larry McCown and John Martin both voted against Houpts motion to block the air display from occurring and voted with each other to let it continue as planned.I dont think we are making a rash statement to the citizens of our community by allowing this to continue, McCown said.Brian Condie, the countys airport manger, said the team behind the act is required to receive federal permits to put on the fiery display. He said the crowd at the air show will be 850 feet away when the flames erupt over the runway, and that nothing on the ground burns.Hazards that could affect the act include wind and lightning. However, because of its short duration, those two conditions should not pose a concern. He added that local fire crews will prepare the site where the display will occur.It is a professionally produced show, Condie said.But Houpt said she was still concerned about the display.I appreciate all the homework you have done on this, but I dont think it is appropriate in fire season, she said.Contact Phillip Yates: email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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