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Official: Dry weather won't stop fireworks

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
June 26, 2012
— Despite a countywide burning ban prompted by dangerous fire conditions, public fireworks displays probably won't be canceled, a Janesville fire official said.

Careful planning and precautions will be needed to avoid fires during the shows, Janesville Fire Department Inspector Larry Hainstock said.


Two holiday celebrations plan fireworks displays—Freedom Fest at New Life Assembly of God Church, 2416 N. Wright Road, on Saturday, and Independence Day on the Rock at Traxler Park on Wednesday, July 4.


A final decision about the fireworks displays probably will be made by Hainstock, the fire chief and Janesville police officials, Hainstock said.


Hainstock met Monday with Freedom Fest organizers and their pyrotechnicians.


"We'll have a grass fire truck out there to help ensure no spread of fires and we'll wet the launch site—a grain field across Highway 14 from the church,'' he said.


"Their drop zone will be contained within that field with spotters,'' he said.


Hainstock requested additional spotters at Freedom Fest.


He also met Monday with the pyrotechnician who will be launching the fireworks at Traxler Park on July 4.


Because the site for the Fourth of July display is the Rock River, Hainstock only requested additional spotters to keep a watch for sparks or explosions starting fires.



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