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In Granite City, The (Fireworks) Show Must Go On

Brett Blume
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7/3/12-Preparations continue at Coolidge Middle School in Granite City, where the community's annual fireworks show will go off as planned Wednesday night. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

7/3/12-Preparations continue at Coolidge Middle School in Granite City, where the community’s annual fireworks show will go off as planned Wednesday night. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) –  As more and more communities call off their annual fireworks shows over fears about extremely dry conditions and the possible fire danger, Granite City stands resolute.

One of the Metro East’s largest fireworks displays will go off as planned at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. (The City of Troy, Ill. will also proceed with their 4th of July Fireworks Display which will start at dusk 4 in the Tri-Township Park.)

“I know a lot of communities are concerned about dryness,” said David Williams, Granite City’s director of parks and recreation, “but we’ve taken a number of measures and we really don’t believe it’s going to affect us.”

Williams says they’ve been watering the soccer field from which the fireworks display will originate to lessen the chance that a stray spark could ignite a fire.

“And our location is better than a lot of other places,” Williams added. “There’s really not any brush or any real issues (concerning a possible fire danger).”

As an added measure of security, Granite City firefighters will be on standby on the property at Coolidge Middle School off Nameoki Rd.

The fireworks show is just one element of the 5-day-long “Patriots In The Park” celebration in Granite City, but Williams estimates a crowd of 25,000 to 30,000 people are planning to attend the 30-minute extravaganza Wednesday night.

“I think in the Metro East you will not find a better show than ours,” Williams concludes.

The way things are going 4th of July revelers may not find any community fireworks show other than the one in Granite City.

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Organizers have been saturating the soccer field at Coolidge Middle School to lessen the fire danger during the annual 4th of July fireworks show, which draws 25,000 to 30,000 spectators to Granite City. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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