Dry Weather Won’t Stop All Fireworks

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - There may be fines for consumers setting off fireworks but the professional displays will still go on this 4th of July holiday. The crews who set off the annual display at IPFW are taking extra precautions though because of the dry weather.

The university has watered the grass in the fall out area of the fireworks. Three Fort Wayne Fire Department engines will be on site in case anything does happen.

Around 5:00 in the evening they would typically start setting off tests but they are waiting until after 8:00 in the evening instead.

Other than that their set up was typically of years past. They set up the fireworks on the roof of the # 2 parking garage on the north side of campus.

Matt Loraine is the owner of the company who sets off the display. He has been doing this for decades and says they have dealt with a lot of tough weather, but this is one of the worst.

"We've set them off in post-tornado conditions, we've set them off in massive thunderstorms, we've set them off in moderate droughts but this is the most extreme drought we've ever been allowed to shoot fireworks in," said Matt Loraine, owner, Melrose Pyrotechnics.

There aren’t any extra areas blocked off this year compared to past years. The #2 parking garage will be closed and the surrounding area. Everywhere else on campus will be open.

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