Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2000

Coming Fourth loudly

DeSoto celebrates Independence Day with fireworks show

July 6, 2000

Hundreds of DeSoto residents showed up to watch the city's fireworks show at Lexington Trails Middle School Tuesday evening.

Residents spread blankets, brought lawn chairs and filled the stands at the football stadium to watch the show. The Watermelon Festival Committee provided the refreshments, along with the city's ice cream man. The fireworks got underway at about 10:00 p.m.

The 15-minute show went off without a hitch. The show has been held in the city park in the past, but Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Ritter expressed concerns about having so many people packed into an area with limited exits.

The show was viewed by hundreds of members of the community, some
of whom simply pulled up a blanket on the track to watch the
colorful display.

The show was viewed by hundreds of members of the community, some of whom simply pulled up a blanket on the track to watch the colorful display.

The city asked the school for permission to hold the show at the football stadium and school officials agreed with the condition that no personal fireworks be brought in by residents.

Residents were pleased with this year's set up as long applause followed many of the larger explosions of light.

The fireworks were purchased by the city and the fire department was in charge of the show. The city spends $4,370 a year on the fireworks and the Desoto Chamber of Commerce donates money toward that price.

Admission to the show was free, but city employees did solicit donations to help with the purchase of next year's fireworks.

There were no major incidents and no one in the DeSoto area was seriously injured during the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

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