Wet weather soaks illegal fireworks use

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Alexis Main, 9, watches the sky light up during the fireworks show Sunday night at Moffat County High School. Authorities said there were no fires or injuries in connection with Fourth of July weekend celebrations.

The same heavy rains that threatened to put a damper on Sunday’s Fourth of July festivities may have helped keep the city safe.

While Craig’s annual fireworks display took place without cancellation by the soggy Independence Day weather, other holiday celebrations around town were more subdued, at least according to Craig Fire/Rescue, the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Emergency Medical Services.

Samantha Johnston, spokeswoman for The Memorial Hospital, said the hospital did not treat any patients injured as a result of fireworks. Likewise, Police Chief Walt Vanatta said the weekend was “fairly quiet” and free of major issues related to fireworks usage.

“We got a lot of noise complaints, but that tends to happen every year at this time,”

Vanatta said.

K.C. Hume, a lieutenant for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and a batallion chief for Craig Fire/Rescue, said deputies did not field any calls involving possession of illegal fireworks or injuries, adding that, in his experience, he has not seen many such problems through the Sheriff’s Office.

Hume’s colleague, Fire Chief Bill Johnston, noted that Fire/Rescue did not receive any calls pertaining to fireworks, something he said was a change of pace.

“We usually have to respond to a lot of fireworks calls during the day and night of the Fourth, but this year we didn’t get any,” he said. “It’s probably because it was so wet.”

Hume and Johnston were among the team members supervising the town’s fireworks display, which included more than 1,000 explosives.

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