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Windsor’s free fireworks display offers a July 4 option for Windsor residents

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Instead of looking at all the rockets, boomers and spark shooters available across state lines, Sandra Friedrichsen wants to encourage Windsor residents to take advantage of the free fireworks display the Tuesday night.

Friedrichsen, the Windsor Severance Fire Protection District fire marshal, said all personal fireworks — which according to the fire district's website includes all fireworks that are not part of a professional display permitted by WSFR — are illegal in the towns of Windsor and Severance.

"Sparklers are basically the only thing that's legal. If it blows up or leaves the ground it's not legal here," Windsor Police Chief Richard Klimek said .

Friedrichsen and Klimek said the regulations are in place to keep people safe.

“Sparklers are basically the only thing that’s legal, if it blows up or leaves the ground it’s not legal here.” Richard Klimek Windsor Police Chief

"Injuries that can be sustained from fireworks are not very pleasant," Friedrichsen said.

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused about 12,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during 2015.

Friedrichsen said the department typically gets a few calls on July 4 either from burns, grass fires or even a burning shingle on a roof.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, fireworks caused about 15,600 reported fires in the U.S. in 2013.

Despite the warnings, Klimek said police officers expect a busy Fourth of July. The fine for possessing or using fireworks is more than $500.

"It'll be all hands on deck on July 4," he said.

The fire protection district will have crews stationed at the lakes during the fireworks, mainly dedicated to the show itself, to help prevent fires like the one that was started in 2013 when a firework exploded close to the ground.

Crews will also be stationed throughout Windsor at strategic locations to reach residents quicker, Friedrichsen said.

The Windsor Public Works Department will have crews out to help regulate traffic and to block certain areas, Klimek said, and the police department will have officers out helping people cross streets safely after the fireworks, when everyone begins the drive home.

To those driving, Klimek said, "Just take your time, there's no big hurry."

Windsor's fireworks show is well worth braving the traffic, Friedrichsen and Klimek said.

Windsor Fourth of July

Windsor’s Fourth of July celebration, according to a news release from the town of Windsor, will include the following:

» A Four-Legged Fun Run, a dog-friendly race at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Windsor Lake. Registration begins at 7 a.m., or participants can pre-register by Monday for a discount.

» Fireworks will launch at about 9:10 p.m., and attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets.

» The north section of the Windsor Lake Trail, including the dog swim beach, will be closed immediately following the Fourth of July Four-Legged Fun Run for fireworks setup.

» Fifth Street will be closed to the public at 7 a.m. Tuesday for handicap parking only, while 6th and 7th Street turn lanes will close at dusk. Additional handicap parking will be available in the Boardwalk Park parking lot off Birch Street, along with a loading and unloading zone.

Windsor Fourth of July rules

To help ensure a safe Fourth of July celebration, according to a news release from the town of Windsor, the town asks resident abide by the following rules:

» Glass is not permitted in town parks, and the maximum alcohol content by weight is 3.2 percent in cans only, no wine.

» Charcoal grills are prohibited, as well as gas grills more than 300 square inches and tanks weighing more than 1 pound or 16 ounces.

» Tents and portable shelters are prohibited after 6 p.m.

» Pets must be on leash at all times. For the pet’s comfort, it is recommended to leave them at home during the fireworks display.

» Personal fireworks are never permitted within town limits and are subject to a $510 fine.

» Parking along Highway 257 is illegal.

For more information, call 970-674-3500, or go to http://www.wsfr.us or windsorgov.com.

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