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Bloomington Normal fireworks shows to go on in face of drought

Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:30:03 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

Despite hot and dry weather conditions in the Central Illinois region, the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington are going forth with their planned Independence Day fireworks display Wednesday. Both towns have imposed recreational fire bans out of worry stray sparks might spread grass fires and destroy homes. But, government sanctioned fireworks are exempt. Mick Humer, town of Normal Fire Chief, says there is only one way to safely experience fireworks during the drought.

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Bloomington Fire Chief Mike Kimmerling says the fireworks display location was strategically planned with professionals shooting the fireworks over the lake at Miller Park. He says the park's grass will be cut short and kept moist. Kimmerling agrees that fireworks are best left in the hands of professionals. Several cities in the state have cancelled official fireworks displays because of the drought.

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