Council snuffs out fireworks for this year

KINGMAN – The Fourth of July fireworks have been snuffed for 2006.

City Council finished off what Mother Nature began when threatening rain and lightning squelched the annual holiday show.

On Monday, Council unanimously approved canceling the show rather than postponing the show to another date this year.

Fire Chief Chuck Osterman said the city still owes $3,700 in fees, but the rest of the $20,000 could go to a bigger show next year.

“We could have just said we don’t want to do it and paid our $3,700 and give the rest of the money back,” he said. “You could consider other events in our community, however, we’re going to have Fourth of July fireworks again next year, hopefully.”

Les Byram said that if the fireworks show was rescheduled for another holiday or event, then people might expect to have fireworks on that day every year.

“I agree with the chief. That has a special significance for the city and our country by doing it on the Fourth of July,” he said.