Courtland to take extra precautions with fireworks show
By Kristen Bishop
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COURTLAND — Hazardous conditions caused by this year's severe drought won't stop Courtland's fireworks display, commemorating the Fourth of July, said Mayor Ted Letson.
The Saturday celebration is to go on as scheduled at Roy Coffey Park from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
The fireworks display, which Letson said is comparable in size to the Spirit of America show in Decatur, begins at 9 p.m.
Charles Morgan, who has conducted the Courtland show for the last few years, said he will take extra precautions to ensure falling ashes don't turn into raging brush fires.
As usual, a firetruck will be nearby, but this year, the truck will carry more water. Morgan said he also plans to wet the ground surrounding his work area where most of the fallout is.
He'll fire off more than 700 shells during the 20-minute display with about 65 shells blasting off during the grand finale, said Morgan.
Courtland puts on a big fireworks show for being such a small town, said Letson.
"(The park) is usually packed, and it's really grown in the last few years," he said. "We have a great fireworks display, close to the one at Point Mallard. For a small town, it's about as nice as you can find."
More than 500 people — many from out of town — filled the park for the 2006 July 4th event, he said.
Gospel and bluegrass bands will kick off this year's celebration at 6 p.m. The Masonic Lodge in Courtland will sell ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages.
Admission is free.
For more information about Courtlandís Fourth of July Celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, call City Hall at 637-2707.
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