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Silverton to have biggest fireworks show ever!
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Posted on June 29 2017, 1:45pm by Mark Esper in Local News category

 

 

26-minute show starts at 9:30 p.m. on July 4

Silverton isn’t known for its quiet Fourth of July.

And this year, the Silverton volunteer firefighters are planning to make more noise than ever, blasting off the biggest fireworks show they’ve ever produced. (And they’ve produced some big ones.)

For the first time in 15 years, six 16-inch shells will be fired, along with six 12-inchers, six 10-inchers and six 8-inchers.

“In terms of firepower, it’s the biggest show we’ve ever shot,” said Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta.

Archuleta noted the dry weather, but remained hopeful the town may get some precipitation by 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when the huge fireworks display gets started.

“The grass is not really too dry on the hill. We’ll water the whole area down for about three hours before the show,” Archuleta said. “We’ll be fine after we wet everything down.”

The 26-minute show will include 2,275 shells.

That works out to an average of more than 87 shells being launched each minute.

Archuleta advised residents and guests to keep their pets secure during the show.

“With the bigger shells, it’s definitely going to be a lot of noise,” Archuleta said.

He said 27 firefighters will be involved in putting on one of the greatest fireworks shows in the country.

“Last weekend we had 10 people working, setting things up,” Archuleta said.

And starting on Sunday morning, July 2, Scenic Drive (Shrine Road) will be closed to vehicular traffic as firefighters get ready for the big blast off on Independence Day.

Archuleta said that with the dry conditions, people should not be setting off their own fireworks.

“We definitely encourage people to not shoot their own private fireworks,” Archuleta said.

He said the fire department’s show will be far more dramatic, anyway.

“It’s going to be pretty impressive,” Archuleta said. “We’re all excited to do it.”

 

How to donate:

Donations to support the fireworks may be made to the Silverton Fourth of July Association silverton4thofjuly.org.

 

 

 

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