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Commissioners approve July 4th fireworks for Fort Boreman Park

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission approved a request from Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce to allow the city to use the area of Fort Boreman Park as a staging area to set off fireworks on July 4 to commemorate Independence Day.

The city fire chief will coordinate with the West Virginia Fire Marshal to provide the certification of the proper insurance coverage, officials said, adding the county has already received that.

”It allows easy access and safety,” Commission President Blair Couch said. ”It also allows more people to be able to view the display.”

Commissioner Robert Tebay wants to make sure those putting on the show also clean up any mess on the hill as the displays leave foil and other debris on the site. He also wants the area around the staging area to be mowed down to reduce fire risks.

Commissioner Jimmy Colombo said local fire officials like having fireworks shot off from Fort Boreman Park as opposed to somewhere in the city as the displays are farther away from homes and less likely to be hit by hot embers and causing potential fire hazards.

The decision follows an announcement last week by American Legion Post 15 to cancel the the carnival at City Park during the July 4 holidays because of the pandemic. Joyce at the time said a decision was pending on the fireworks, which are organized by the city, but that he preferred the show be set off from Fort Boreman because more people could see them and it would be easier to maintain social distancing.

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