Lansing Fire: Refrain From Using Fireworks Independence Day

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Together with the Delta Township Fire Chief, Parks and Recreation Director Marcus Kirkpatrick decided, as long as enough firefighters are present, and on close watch, there was no reason to cancel the annual show at Sharp Park.

"We have close to 30 firefighters from the station in the park and on the boundaries of the township, so we have plenty of firefighters on staff to help with the crowd," said Kirkpatrick.

The parched outdoors almost caused them to cancel the show as Meridian Township and Williamston did; worrying even a spark could cause a quickly spreading fire.

It took careful planning in making sure there would be enough firefighters and sheriff’s deputies on hand, and the show wouldn't have gone on if there were any fewer.

Lansing Fire's Brad Drury is encouraging anybody but professionals to leave the fireworks alone until there is rain; especially after fireworks caused two small fires at Cavanaugh Park in Lansing.

"Even the sparklers can burn at very intense temperatures, up to 2000 degrees, so dropping that into a dry grass area can get a fire going just as much as anything shooting up in the air," said Drury.

He knows it's asking a lot, especially since this is the first Independence Day when the higher explosive types are legal, but to instead attend the shows still running, and not putting anyone at risk.


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