The 2017 City of Laramie sponsored Fire in the Sky fireworks display will be at 10:00 PM on Tuesday, July 4th unless the prevailing weather conditions prevent the show. In case of inclement weather, the show will be held July 5th.
J & M Fireworks will supply the fireworks. Pyrotechnician Dave Akers returns to lead the organization and technical details of the display in Laramie. The display again will be launched from the parking lot of the Aragon Softball Complex near 22nd and Armory Road.
This year’s display will consist of approximately 450 aerial shells ranging in diameter from 3 inches up to 8 inches. In accordance with the 2012 International Fire Code and the 2015 edition of the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Fireworks Display require a 600 foot radius safety zone around the launch site. This safety zone is also required by insurance regulations. Spectators are excluded from this safety zone because of the falling shell debris. The 600 foot drop zone radius applies under no wind conditions. Even a light breeze can push shell debris out to greater distances. The accompanying map depicts the 600 foot radius drop/safety zone. People within the drop zone perimeter will be asked to leave by law enforcement personnel and could be subject to criminal citation for refusing to cooperate.
Portions of N. 22nd Street, Armory Road, and Television Road will be closed prior to the display because of their proximity to the drop zone. 22nd Street may be closed between Willett Drive and Harney Street. Armory Road will be closed west from Television Road to 22nd Street. Television Road will be closed from the intersection at Armory Road north to Harney Street. Harney Street may be closed in the immediate vicinity unless the prevailing wind conditions require that closure. This is being done in an attempt to minimize traffic congestion due to the display.
No spectator parking will be permitted along Harney Street between the intersections with Television Road and N. 19th Street. Winds have carried shell debris to the intersection at 22nd and Harney and onto portions of Harney Street north of the launch site during previous displays.
Fire in the Sky coordinator Mark Doyle requests that the public avoid the following areas for spectator viewing because of their immediate proximity to the drop zone: all portions of the LSA Soccer Field off Television Road, the UW Recreation Field adjacent to Armory Road, areas north of Harney Street between N. 19th Street and Television Road, and the parking lot north of the UW Centennial Complex/American Heritage Center. Although these areas are outside the drop zone, their proximity makes it impossible to protect spectators and vehicles from shell debris if the wind changes during the display. Once people have parked these areas; it becomes difficult to remove them.
Doyle encourages spectators to make viewing the display a family event and recommends viewing the show from nearby city parks (Washington, LaPrele, Harbon, Scout, and Kiowa Parks) and other locations such as Fraternity/Sorority Park on campus. The display consists of only aerial shells. Other optimal viewing locations include the bluff behind Indian Paint Brush School and large parking lots located around town.
Questions can be directed to the City Manager’s Office at telephone number 307-721-5226 or the Fire Marshal’s Office at telephone number 307-721-5330.