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June 30, 2007

Five groups to light up Danville skies

Fireworks to take place two nights

FAIRMOUNT — Five separate fireworks displays will light up the Danville skies this Fourth of July. Because the holiday falls mid-week, pyrotechnics will take place at dusk both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Turtle Run and Gao Grotto will start their fireworks at dusk.

Wednesday, Danville Boat Club, Danville Country Club and American Legion Post 210 celebrate the holiday.

S & N Display Fireworks from Lincoln puts on at least two of the fireworks portions of the celebrations, one at the American Legion Post 210 and the other at Danville Boat Club. After 31 years in business, the company knows to add lots of extra staff for this holiday.

“We’ll have about 300 shooters working,” Brea Lawrence, S & N’s secretary, said. “Many of them are our salesmen who get trained and licensed to do this kind of work. They need individual licenses from the state fire marshal. The Department of Natural Resources does a background check on them.”

“We use S & N every year,” Post 210’s Frank Atwood said. “They’re the experts.

“Otherwise, there are all kinds of licenses and liability insurance — lots of red tape to deal with,” he said. “We’d rather go with the experts.”

Lawrence said, “Fourth of July is, of course, the biggest time of year for us. We put on shows in Peoria, Pekin, Quincy, all over the state. We’ve even shipped a show to Hawaii.”

The city or organization’s budget determines the length and type of the show S & N puts on.

“They go all the way up to $20,000,” Lawrence said. “That’s for an extremely elaborate show that has music coordinated with it.”

But there are two things that can stop the shows, regardless of the event’s budget — extremely dry conditions or, even worse, rain.

Fireworks used to be reserved for this one special holiday, but not any more. Now, people make them part of birthday and wedding celebrations, according to Lawrence. She said the business has been getting more and more requests for New Year’s Eve, too.

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