Ozark Fireworks Show Scheduled for Tonight Postponed Due to Weather
OZARK (KFSM) – The Ozark Fireworks Show, which was scheduled for Friday night (July 3) at Gar Creek Park, has been postponed due to weather, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatchers said the Ozark Fire Department decided to push the fireworks show back due to expected weather conditions.
A post on the Ozark Fire Department’s Facebook Page states that heavy rains and wind in the forecast were the reasons behind the decision.
The post goes on to state that: “The time needed for set up, safety of the volunteer crew, and the …enjoyment of the show for all were the biggest factors. The fireworks are shot electronically, meaning wind and moisture of any kind can cause an array of malfunctions, whether it be a tube doesn’t fire or it explodes 2 feet above the tube. Each round shot is individually – wired with its own fuse, and we have almost 400 rounds to wire. The crew needs a minimum of 9 hours free of rain or any other adverse weather conditions for setup. Setup generally starts the night before, making sure all of the mortar tubes and racks are in good enough shape to withstand the blast and to make sure that the racks are securely grounded, as to not allow a round to be fired in an unintended direction. Lightning can cause a fuse to ignite(or all to ignite), wind can cause a round to stray, and the general safety of the crew and public aren’t worth the risk. We have a great show planned and do not want anything to distract or take away from this celebration of our country’s independence.”
The Ozark Fireworks Show is now set to take place next weekend on Saturday, July 11.