Frisco ensures safe fireworks display
Ryan Summerlin September 19, 2012
Using half of the fireworks allocated for the Fourth of July display that was canceled, Frisco is putting on a show to mark the end of summer on Saturday.
In response to the record-breaking wildfire season in Colorado, town officials canceled the July Fourth show but are ensuring that this new display has met safety requirements.
A decision to organize the show came from the consistent moisture to the area, the now “low” fire danger status and the availability of the fireworks and desire to bring the community together.
“Firework shows are a great way to get locals outside and together to say good-bye to summer,” said Suzanne Lifgren, marketing director for Frisco.
Safety though, and preventing the risk of wildfire has been the main focus for the display’s organizers.
“The likelihood of a fire starting is very low, we certainly have safer conditions now than we did in July,” said Jeff Berino, lead pyrotechnician for the show.
With $5 million insurance covered by an umbrella policy for the display and a fire engine standing by during the event, Berino said he is “not worried at all.”
Permits for the display were granted by Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and the permit to possess and handle the fireworks were given by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“In case anything sparks, fire authorities will be aware instantaneously and will mitigate any chance of fire spreading,” Berino said. “But the likelihood of anything happening is very small.”
The recent conditions have also put organizers at ease.
“Night temperatures are much lower now and the relative humidity at night is in the 30 percent range, compared to single digit humidity we saw in July,” Berino said. “The fireworks are being deployed from behind the middle school where there is little risk and not any highly flammable areas and we anticipate the fire danger this weekend will be ‘low’ or ‘moderate’.”
Frisco has divided the fireworks allocated for the July Fourth display into two shows: Saturday to mark the end of Fall Fest in Frisco, and another slated for the beginning of December to mark the opening of the tubing hill on the peninsula.
“Bringing the community together by celebrating our changing seasons means a lot to the town,” Lifgren said. “The winter fireworks show will celebrate the excitement going into winter with the opening of the tubing hill – we’re lucky to have these fireworks to use in safer conditions.”