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Fireworks to be set off in Craig

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Craig residents can expect the sky to glow again this Independence Day.

"The show will be about the same size it has been the last three years," Deputy Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.

Craig Fire/Rescue officials will run the fireworks show and shoot off four, five and six inch shells.

Johnston said he anticipates a 45-minute show with a "big" finale at the end.

The fireworks show is made possible because of donations from the city of Craig and Moffat County. Each donates $4,000, and without the donations, people in Craig wouldn't get to enjoy a good show, said K.C. Hume, the chief investigator for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and organizer of firework purchases.

"Both have been very gracious over the years," he said.

Although the annual fireworks show is done under strict supervision of Craig Fire/Rescue, Police Capt. Jerry Delong said the department has had problems in the past with illegal fireworks.

"We get our fair share of complaints," he said. "It just depends on what type of year it is."

There is a city ordinance against illegal fireworks and anyone who is caught using them or possessing them could face city ordinance violations, and even state prosecution.

"A general rule of thumb is anything that leaves the ground or explodes is illegal," Hume said.

This year's show will take place south of the high school on Ninth Street. Fireworks will begin at dusk, about 9 or 9:30 p.m., on July 4.

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