The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 17, 2012

Camanche works to safen fireworks display

By Scott Levine
Associate Editor

CAMANCHE — A few more eyes will make sure Camanche Days fireworks won’t spark any problems on school grounds.

Dry conditions are causing Ron Johnson to add more volunteers to make sure all safety measures are met during the annual festival in August.

Johnson, in his second year as chairman of the fireworks committee, received approval Monday from the Camanche School Board to utilize school grounds for the fireworks display, parking and car show during Camanche Days.

Along with more volunteers, firefighters will be available during the event.

“We want to make sure nothing happens and no fire gets started,” Johnson said.

Two tankers of water also will be on hand in case a blaze starts.

“We know there’s concerned citizens,” Johnson said. “We will make every effort that nothing happens to the field or nothing around the field.”

Board members expressed concerns regarding a bean field next to school facilities and if wind would blow a potential fire into a residential portion of town.

Various fireworks displays in the Midwest have been canceled because of dry weather, including eight displays in Chicago over the July Fourth holiday.

Johnson will continue to work with local officials to keep the fireworks in operation, including possibly drenching the fields before lighting off fireworks.