Vienna Officials Consider Alternative to Fireworks

From today's Metro section:

Vienna, which had the worst of several fireworks malfunctions in Northern Virginia on July 4, is leaning toward replacing its annual pyrotechnics display with a laser light show, town officials said yesterday.
Rockets from a box of Chinese-made mortar tubes launched into the crowd at Waters Field in Vienna, injuring 11 people, two of them seriously. The same type of box also misfired at five other locations in Fairfax County and Fairfax City the same night.
County officials reviewed fireworks regulations and decided that the distance from the firing spot to the spectators had to be doubled for such fireworks boxes, which would eliminate them from Waters Field, said Cathy Salgado, the town's parks and recreation director.
Vienna was already considering eliminating fireworks after this year's incident, because the mortar boxes could not be sufficiently inspected, Salgado said.
At a Town Council work session this week, she proposed replacing fireworks with a light show, and council members directed her to seek proposals and help them determine whether such a show would be a suitable alternative.
-- Tom Jackman

By Focus on Fairfax |  December 13, 2007; 10:48 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Public Safety
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