PRESTONSBURG — The summer drought won’t affect this year’s Prestonsburg fireworks show, thanks in some measure this weekend’s torrential rainstorms.
After a month of extreme heat and drought-like conditions, it appeared that this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display might not happen. But, after this past weekend’s severe thunderstorms, the show is going on.
“We are going to have them,” said Prestonsburg Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter.
Last week, due to the recent drought conditions and the threat of forest fires, Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall signed a resolution calling for a burn ban in Floyd County.
According to Carpenter, the State Fire Marshall’s office could still decide to suspend the show, but as of right now the city doesn’t have any plans to suspend the public fireworks display.
“Anything could change, right up to the time of the show,” said Carpenter, “but as of right now, the show is on.”
The Prestonsburg Fourth of July fireworks show is expected to begin at dark, between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. City officials reporter that the show typically lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
The city budgets $25,000 a year to cover the cost of fireworks and related expenses.