Local Fireworks Not Victim to Budget Cuts

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Apple pie and baseball are great , but the Fourth of July isn't the same without fireworks.

It's certainly Mason firefighter John Sabbadin's favorite.

"It brings the kid out of me every single year," said Sabbadin, who's in charge of setting up Mason's fireworks display.

He's organizing a lot of things this year, but he's not worried about money. That's because the city doesn't pay a dime for fireworks and the show was paid for a while ago.

"This year's show was paid for by donations from last year's show," said Sabbadin. "On average the last couple of years we've averaged $6,000-$7,000. We don't have any paid shooters, we're all volunteers."

That's not the case in every city though.

In Lansing, despite a tight city budget that included police and fire layoffs there aren't going to be any changes to this year's fireworks show. The city is still going to spend a little more than $11,000 to put on this year's display, although it's getting some help from sponsors.

"I think the money ought to go back and cut the fireworks out," said local resident Larry Bush, who thinks the city should adjust its priorities. "If people want to watch fireworks turn on t-v..... We can get by a year or two without fireworks."

But not everyone's so hasty to stop the show.

"We're celebrating independence for this country and I think we should celebrate and I don't think we should not do fireworks," said Linda Farr.

Lansing's fireworks show starts at 10 PM at Adado Riverfront Park.

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  • by nick Location: okemos on Jul 5, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    Cut police, cut the firemen/firewomen but by God, keep the fireworks!
  • by Sally Location: Holt on Jul 4, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    This is getting ridiculous. 5 nights in a row of illegal fireworks. It's too loud. All the dogs in the neighborhood are barking. I cannot sleep. Okay, fine, you want to set them off on the 4th? Fine. Can you give those of us who hate them a break? Do you really have to keep going night after night? What ever happened to being considerate of others? Do we need a full month (or more) of freakin' fireworks? NO! Grow up folks. I don't annoy you...stop annoying me! Why aren't the laws being enforced???
  • by Dave on Jul 4, 2011 at 03:45 PM
    All the huge booms all night long, every night drives my wife and dog nuts. There should be some control.
  • by lansing623 on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    I'm all for our Mayor of Lansing footing the bill, after all what's $11,000 for a nice firework display. Oh wait, he now is paying for his "daughters" recent D.U.I. If people don't know his daughter was/is running for a spot in our government. She should fit in nicely. If not Mr. Mayor paying, maybe the Park's Director can pay. After all he makes 108,000 yearly, or maybe make him take half his pay and put an Officer back to work, and reinstate the Detectives to there former pay. This states government us so screwed up.
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