Jul 3, 2012 7:53 PM by David Ortiviz
More than 30 communities in Colorado have canceled their fireworks shows this year because of the high fire danger. There will be no public displays in Colorado Springs or Fremont County--and the Governor has banned all private use of fireworks. However, two commercial fireworks shows are still scheduled in Pueblo and Pueblo West.
Organizers with both events stress the decision to hold public displays was not taken lightly.
"We've consulted with the officials in Pueblo County and the City of Pueblo. We were assured this was a positive thing for the community. We took into great consideration the fire risk. We've been counseled the risk is less if we get more people to participate by attending out event, there's less risk of things going on in the neighborhoods," said Lynn Clark, Director of Development and Public Relations with the HARP Authority.
"Rollin' On The Riverwalk" runs at Main and Grand in Pueblo from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event features live music, including the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks will be set off from the top of the parking garage on Main St. Admission is $3 for adults; $1 for kids ages 4 to 10; kids 3 and under get in free.
Pueblo West will host a fireworks display at dusk. The Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce says the best viewing area will be between the Hen House café and Vectra Bank on Joe Martinez Blvd. There's no admission for this event.
"Our firefighters are actually the ones that set off the display in Pueblo West and not a lot of folks know that," said Carlie Genova, President of the Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce. "They will be on hand, we'll have firefighters brush trucks. The fire department is in charge of the event, certainly if they're confident in the decision to move forward I'm confident as well," she added.