PENDLETON, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Town of Pendleton had to stop their Independence Day fireworks display more than halfway through it. During the show, Town Supervisor Joel Maerten said firefighters were scrambling to keep up with the brush fires that were created by the display.
Supervisor Maerten said, ” The fireworks were already 10 to 15 minutes in, the fire company responded to the location, they were already on standby, but the rest of the equipment had to respond to that location due to the concerns of some brush fires starting.”
Maerten said the town usually sets off fireworks off at the park, and they’ve done so for many years. Two months ago the fireworks company insisted that the town had to pick a new location for the launch point because of federal regulations.
“If we launched inside of the town park, it would have taken up a large portion of the viewing areas, to the north of the park is an industrial building and we were not able to launch so close to there, basically we had to find a new location.”, said Maerten.
The town’s only option was a nearby field. The town had firefighters on hand to try and prevent fires.
Maerten said, “They wet the area down around the launch location, but it was so dry… Fireworks cover such a large area, you just couldn’t wet down everything.”
Missy Borner works in Pendleton, she agreed with the decision to stop the show, she said, “It’s a good thing, because there is people around and houses, and you don’t want anything catching fire, so I guess it’s a good precaution they did. Better off I guess.”
Moving forward, Maerten said he wants to develop a plan for the next year’s 4th of July, so this will hopefully not happen again.
The town also posted this response: http://pendletonny.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Pendleton-Fireworks.pdf