KPD seeks safe Fourth of July at fairgrounds<BR>

For the first time in years, Kingman's firework display will be held at a new location.

Because of construction of the Mohave Wash near the Kingman library, the city of Kingman will shoot off its fireworks show this Fourth of July holiday at the Mohave County Fairgrounds instead of at Centennial Park.

Events at the fairgrounds begin at noon with the Drifters Car Club hosting a car show.

Food and beverages will also be available.

Games, such as horseshoes and three-legged races, booths, a dunk tank and live music will also be on hand.

A talent show is open to the public from 5 to 6 p.m.

Picnickers will still be able to watch the display from Centennial Park as in past years.

The fireworks display should begin at the fairgrounds around dark, lately 9 p.m.

Admission to the fairgrounds is $2.

Parking is available at the fairgrounds with the cost $1 per vehicle.

Extra Kingman police officers will be out in force to patrol for motorists who drink while driving, KPD police Chief Robert DeVries said.

DeVries cautioned that alcohol consumption in public places will not be tolerated unless done in a lawful designated area.

KPD officers will patrol in vehicles, bikes, on foot and on horses.

Road signs will direct traffic near the fairgrounds.

KPD also warns anyone planning to spend the day at the fairgrounds or Centennial Park to put on plenty of sunscreen and to drink extra of water.

Except for city-sponsored firework displays on July Fourth, fireworks are illegal in Arizona.

Illegal fireworks will be confiscated and the owners may be cited.

Parents of children setting off fireworks, which then start a fire and damage property, can be liable for the cost of fighting that fire.

Civil or criminal charges may be issued.

The Kingman Fire Department will pick up illegal fireworks from anyone who wants to get rid of them.

Firefighters will dispose of the illegal fireworks, KFD fire Chief Chuck Osterman said.