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Archive for Wednesday, July 1, 1998

LAWRENCE FIREWORKS SHOW SET TO BLAST OFF

July 1, 1998

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The rockets' glare is sure to be red and the bombs will be bursting in mid-air at the annual Independence Day fireworks show after sunset Saturday in Lawrence's Burcham Park.

The show, sponsored by the Lawrence Jaycees, will feature about $11,000 worth of fireworks -- about $1,000 more than was spent on last year's show. The display should last about 45 minutes.

Bus rides sponsored by the Journal-World will be provided from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from downtown city lots on Vermont and New Hampshire streets. Buses also will be available to return fireworks watchers to the outlet mall after the display.

People may bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to the show, but organizers are asking that residents not bring outdoor grills or alcohol.

Before the fireworks begin, crafts, food and music will be available all day in the park, Hughes said.

Craft booths will open at 9:30 a.m. and food booths will be open throughout the day, he said.

During the fireworks show, tape-recorded music will be played along with comments during the show by Hank Booth of KLWN-KLZR radio.

The fireworks will be lighted from the north side of the Kansas River.

In case of rain, the fireworks show will be postponed to Sunday night, Hughes said.

Residents who buy their own fireworks can legally set them off in the city between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. People who shoot off fireworks outside of the legal hours could be cited for violating city code and fined $100 to $200, said Fire Marshal Rich Barr.

-- Mike Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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