Fireworks show plans fall through for some towns

Local News

WARRENSBURG, Ill (WCIA) — Fourth of July is a little over a week away, but if you live in one of more than a hundred towns in Illinois, you might not be celebrating the way you’re used to.

A few weeks ago, it was reported some communities were unaware their Fourth of July fireworks shows wouldn’t be happening because their supplier had its permit pulled by the federal government.

Many towns are coming up with new plans. That’s the case here; it’s one of 120 places in the state which contracted DCV Imports for fireworks.

As a result, residents will have to travel to another town if they want to watch a show.

“That kind of threw a wrench in things.”

That’s how Warrensburg Fire Chief Keith Hackl describes the situation the town was in when they found out.

“I contacted the gun club at that time and they were kind of surprised because they were supposed to give them a down payment that week.”

The Fourth of July celebration at the Sportsman Club has happened each year for decades.

“Probably 60 years, It’s the first time it’s been canceled.”

Hackl says the show would have seen a drop in quality if the town had switched last-minute to a different dealer.

“It’s not a big show here, but it’s a nice show, and they would have lost a lot in their fireworks display.”

Now, people there are trying to figure out what’s next. They’re either driving to other towns, or not going anywhere at all.

“It’s a big disappointment. It means we won’t be able to do our backyard barbeque and then be able to go and see the fireworks afterwards. It’s just less of a hassle to go to our local fireworks show.”

“Since that’s not going to happen, we’ll probably end up going to Decatur or another small town.”

After many towns switched the date of their shows, Hackl says the holiday will still be a success.

“I think it’ll be a great Fourth of July with or without them here in Warrensburg. It’s not going to be a disaster.”

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