Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fireworks featured north and south

Sun Valley Resort and city of Hailey both offering shows


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

What’s the Fourth of July without fireworks? Shows will be offered this year the evening of the Fourth in both Sun Valley and Hailey. Photo by Mountain Express

Spectators have their choice of extravagant fireworks displays the evening of the Fourth of July in both Sun Valley and Hailey.

Sun Valley Resort is providing a display, likely to begin at about 11 p.m. and fired off at Dollar Mountain. The display will follow the Sun Valley on Ice show that starts about dusk. The featured skater for the Fourth is 2011 U.S. gold medalist Ryan Bradley.

From the right vantage point in the mid-valley, a spectator might be able to watch both the Sun Valley Resort show and the city of Hailey's annual fireworks extravaganza.

As in the past, the Hailey display will be launched near the football field at Wood River High School. Hailey Fire Chief Mike Chapman said the show will start at about 10:25 p.m. and last from 15-20 minutes.

Chapman said 500 shells will be launched, which is the same number of shells the city had last year.

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Chapman advised spectators to consider an alternative route to the display, rather than using Fox Acres Road. Because of construction near the intersection of Fox Acres and Woodside Boulevard, he said that access to the high school campus area may be "limited or impossible."

Chapman further requested that spectators leave their own fireworks at home.

"We always have some big stuff in the parking area and we don't have enough officers to patrol those idiots setting them off," he said. "It's about as safe as shooting guns in the air—somebody's going to get hurt."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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