Group seeking a new site for '93 July Fourth fireworks

July 12, 1992|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer

The Bel Air Independence Day Committee Inc., the non-profit organization that organizes July Fourth activities in the town, has started looking for another site to conduct next year's fireworks and hopes to attract as many as 200 new volunteers.

"The number of people attending the show has grown so much, doubling in the past five years, that we will begin looking for another fireworks location immediately," Michael Blum, a member of the committee, said last week.

The committee has pulled the day's events together with about 50 volunteers in the past, but with the growth in popularity of the show, many more volunteers are needed, said Mr. Blum.

For the past several years the fireworks show has been launched from the Bel Air High School grounds.

However, Mr. Blum said, the site is no longer ideal because it is so open that it is difficult to control crowds.

At least 50,000 people are believed to have attended the fireworks display this past July Fourth, Mr. Blum said.

The fireworks show started about 15 minutes late because a group of people attempted to climb over fences erected to keep people out of the the fireworks staging area, Mr. Blum said.

Then, about 15 minutes into the show, the fireworks were stopped so that a man having back spasms could be moved through the cordoned-off shooting area to an ambulance, said Edward Hopkins, 2nd assistant chief and public information officer for the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Co.

At about the same time, golf ball-sized, unexploded fireworks were found on the ground among the crowd, Mr. Blum said, further delaying the restart of the show. After about a 30-minute delay, viewers started leaving.

The committee decided not to restart the show for traffic and safety concerns.

Mr. Blum said the fireworks that were not used would be saved and may be used next year.

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