Fireworks make the Fourth shimmer


David Ingenthron's family and friends (eight people in all) were comfortably seated awaiting the fireworks by 7:30 p.m. Sunday night -- a good hour and a half before the first boom.

They wanted to make sure they had prime seats for the show.

As the sun sank and the light became dimmer, the high school parking lot filled up and pockets of people appeared across the high school lawn.

Anna Adams and her son Michael come every year since "forever" and they always sit in the same place. They were early this year to save space for their friends who have also been coming for over a decade. One friend, Terry Welch said the Fourth of July wouldn't be the Fourth without fireworks--and even rain wouldn't stop her, she said, raising her umbrella as proof.

Stan Moore was another member of Adams' party. As a firefighter, he used to help light the fireworks and now he gets to sit back and enjoy them. As a firefighter, he said he either had his head down as the fireworks went off or he was watching the fields for fire.

"If you weren't on your hands and knees, they'd put you on your belly," he said of the explosives.

Moore said he didn't know which was better, lighting the fireworks or watching them.

A team of wildland firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management was on hand to help extinguish any field fires.

Fire generally starts when the thick cardboard wrapping that surrounds the fireworks hits the ground while burning, said Deana Harms, one of the BLM crew.

But fire was not a huge concern because it had rained hours before the show. After the first round streaking blues and oranges, greens and purples with their individual explosions bounding off the hills.

As shouts and random chatter punctuated the quiet, storm clouds loomed in the distance, threatening to send the crowd running for cover.

But, even rain may not have kept them away from the fireworks.

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