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FAIRMONT– On Monday, July 4, the Town of Fairmont will present its annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. or weather permitting. Fireworks will be launched from the west side of Lake Sisseton, across from Wards Park. A salute will be fired on time beginning at 6 p.m. as a reminder.
The Fairmont display is one of the largest in south-central Minnesota and should last about 20 minutes. In the interest of public safety and in accordance with federal law, the trail crossing the west shore of the lake will be closed beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the 4th and reopening on the 5th.
Boaters are asked to keep a minimum wake on the lake beginning at 8:30 p.m. and stay at least three hundred feet from the western shore of the lake.
During the display, a fire department crew launches the fireworks from inside a small bunker located within thirty feet of the launchers. This is the 29th consecutive year that the fireworks display has been organized by the Fairmont Fire Department. A team of about eight people usually works between 12 and 2 p.m. to prepare the show. The last three shows were coordinated by firefighter Sam Cress.
“I always loved fireworks growing up. …I love doing it, I don’t see much of the show but hearing boaters honking and people yelling at the show, it’s quite rewarding to be back out there. said Cresson.
Since last year, inflation has driven up the prices of firework shells, but rather than reducing the number or size of shells, the department has dipped into its reserves to maintain a display at the same level. than in previous years. While the display usually costs around $22,500, this display costs around $30,000.
In addition to the city display, fireworks will also be part of the private celebrations across the city. As the holidays approach, it is important to be aware of fireworks safety and the risks that fireworks can pose. Each year, an average of 75 Minnesotans are hospitalized due to fireworks-related injuries, and nearly half of those injured by fireworks are children.
Personal use of fireworks that can explode or shoot into the air is illegal in Minnesota. These fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable.
“The fireworks laws haven’t changed anything. The only things that are legal today are hand sparklers, floor sparklers, and stuff that doesn’t go airborne and explode. said Martin County Sheriff Jeff Markquart.
Although safer in comparison, legal fireworks such as sparklers, fountains, and spinning tops can still cause fires and injuries. When using fireworks, always make sure they are aimed away from people and animals. Sparklers cause 30% of fireworks-related injuries in Minnesota and should not be given to young children.
High temperatures and a lack of rain mean a higher fire risk. Before lighting fireworks, it is recommended to wet an area in advance to avoid starting a grass fire. After the fireworks are lit, even if they are missed, they must be completely extinguished.
“Be sure to submerge empty fireworks in water and make sure they are fully extinguished. Around the 4th we got a call that threw them in the trash and they started a fire,” said Cresson.
Although fireworks can present certain hazards to operators and bystanders, these risks are easily managed. Whether at home or at a public display, following safety recommendations can lead to a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.