Meridian Township officials announced they will delay their annual July 4th fireworks show.
“Because of the dry conditions and even a short duration of rain isn’t going to make a difference. We’re going to need a good soaking rain and we don’t believe that’s going to happen," said Meridian Township Fire Chief Fred Cowper.
Chief Cowper says dry conditions mean it’ll be easier for the grass to catch on fire and that is a risk the township is not ready to take. In 2010, firefighters spent hours battling a blaze that started right after the July 4th fireworks show.
“Those conditions were much better than they are now,” said Chief Cowper.
The conditions now can also make personal fireworks hazardous. For that reason, Chief Cowper says firefighters will be standing by as an added precaution.
“We’re going to keep the extra crew on for what we thought would be for the 4th of July fireworks to watch over probably the spot fires that we think we’re going to get from the fireworks that people have purchased.”
While Meridian Township residents won’t have a public fireworks show on Independence Day, they can expect to see one later in the year.
“At another time when the parks and recreation director feels that it’ll be appropriate or she can mix it with some other type of event that they have scheduled,” said Chief Cowper.