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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