Fireworks for RVTV stirs debate

This is a depiction of what a redesigned downtown streetscape could look like looking from Taft Street South toward Sumner Avenue. Members of the community will have a chance to view designs and offer comments and have questions answered on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 3-5 p.m., at the Iowa State University Extension Office. There will be a public presentation at 3:30 p.m. Graphic courtesy of Bolton & Menk Landscape Architects.

By Kent Thompson
Getting a little more bang for the buck is usually a good thing, but when it comes to fireworks downtown for the upcoming Chamber-sponsored Cy-Hawk Rivalry on Sumner, the Humboldt City Council wasn’t so sure.
At least not the three Council members in attendance at Monday night’s meeting.
Council members Jim Vermeer, Kirk Whittlesey and Joel Goodell discussed the matter. Councilmen John Sleiter and Bret Davis were not in attendance.
At issue is a request from 4Gs Pyrotechnics, a licensed pyrotechnic display holder and federal explosive permit licensee, out of Belmond, has requested to shoot off 2.5 to 3-inch aerial shells at the west end of the Sumner Avenue (Veteran’s Memorial) Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9:30-10 p.m. 4Gs Pyrotechnics presented a certificate of its liability insurance as part of the process.
Humboldt Police Administrator Dean Kruger was at the meeting and contacted Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach by phone. Gronbach had spoken to the operator who said he would set up at the west end of the bridge and shoot the shells into the air in a southeastern direction over the river, in the vicinity of the former power plant.
Kruger said his only concern was having residences one-half block away.
He said the shells would be smaller than those discharged by the fire department during the 4th of July.
Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken said the display is anticipated to last 15 minutes or less.
The Council made no decision about the matter but will revisit the issue at a special meeting this Friday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. in the Humboldt City Council chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

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