BRYAN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Fireworks Facts


Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 21.

Bryan Fireworks Fact Sheet.

1. They are called the Bryan Day-In-The-Park Fireworks and are celebrating our community and Bryan’s great parks system. They are not the 4th of July Fireworks, nor are they used or deemed to celebrate our Independence Day.

2. The total yearly cost of the Fireworks over the past 10 years has been $10,000. ALL money raised is through private donors and supporters. No City Taxes or City Funds are used to purchase the fireworks.

3. The City of Bryan is NOT in charge of the Fireworks. This is a Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored portion of the Day-in-the-Park Event. The City of Bryan cooperates with Police and Fire services during the entire day long event.

4. The Bryan Fireworks major fundraising event is a Reverse Raffle that is open to anyone who wants to help support the Fireworks Fund.

5. On Fireworks Day, starting every hour, at the top of the hour, beginning 3 hours prior to scheduled firing time, a test shot is fired to check wind direction and safety concerns. Approximate time for the show is at 10pm.

6. The size allowable to be fired of a firework depends on the distance from the spectators. With a 2” shell, spectators must be at least 200’ away from the firing site. A 3” shell, spectators must be at least 300’ away from firing site. Bryan’s fireworks have been no larger than 3” since moving the firing site back to the park. In 2019, the firing site will be moved on the East side of the Day-in-the-Park midway, to accommodate a 4” shell, thus having spectators 400’ feet from the firing site.

7. The best place to view the fireworks is in the Bryan Recreation Park. Spectators should locate somewhere without any tree or obstructions between the spectator and the firing site.

8. The Bryan Chamber hires the fireworks company. Since 1999, the Chamber has used Zambelli Fireworks International, headquartered in New Castle, PA. Our lead shooter for over 10 years is from the Defiance, OH area.

9. The largest firework ever expelled during a Bryan Fireworks show was 12”. To fire this shell, a large pit needed to be dug in the ground. This shot was done in 1976.

10. Non-licensed individuals, or those not pre-approved, are NOT allowed within the cordoned off areas of the fireworks area for safety reasons.

11. Bryan’s show is fired two different ways… 1 - by electronic firing devices and 2 - by fuse/flair lighting. The ground displays used since 2016, are electronically fired as is parts of the finale.

12. Over 800 Shells are used in Bryan’s display.

13. It is illegal to ignite any type of firework in the State of Ohio without the proper permits and the use of certified licensed shooters.

14. Not everyone is a fan of fireworks. In fact, birds can become so startled that they get disoriented and fly into things.

Original source can be found here.

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