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10:42 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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Staunton, Ill (KSDK) --City officials in Staunton may have found some out-of-town visitors attending their fireworks display Sunday night.  The fact that so many municipalities have canceled fireworks shows due to the dry conditions may be increasing demand.

In Staunton, the fireworks display took place in a soybean field behind the city's water plant.  It's part of Staunton's Firemen's Fourth of July Celebration.

Many St. Louis-area residents are hoping recent dry conditions combined with such fireworks displays don't turn July 4th into a working holiday for firefighters.

The Staunton fireworks display is put on by Extreme Pyrotechnics.  Technicians say the show featured 4,5,6, and 8-inch display shells.

And they are accustomed to taking precautions due to dry conditions.

Boe Yeager said, "It's in a soybean field.  It's a plowed field with dirt beneath it, so the risk of fire is minimal. We will be suppressing with water prior to the display. So we will take that extra step to curb and issues that may arise."

As it turns out, this show is a preview of sorts for Illinois residents.  Extreme Pyrotechnics has shows scheduled over the course of the next several days in Edswardsville, Shipman, Alhambra, another show in Staunton, and Bunker Hill.

KSDK

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