Happy 4th of July 2015 – Please Stay Safe!

Update:  AM, Saturday, July 4th 2015

Re:  Avon’s Fireworks Show from last night…

No significant Injuries Reported after Fireworks – Misfire…

For Immediate Release | July 3, 2015

Contact: Virginia C. Egger, Town Manager

970.331.1439 | vegger@avon.org

At approximately 10:00 p.m., on July 3rd , the Town of Avon’s annual Salute to the USA fireworks show experienced a malfunction, when a shell apparently exploded in its tube rather than firing correctly into the sky.  The misfired shell caused the rack of 5” shells to tip in two directions causing two to three shells to cross into the crowd.  A total of nine persons experienced minor abrasion burns and were treated by emergency medical personnel at the show, with all persons being released.  “This is Avon’s 29 th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production.  It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor,” said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response.

The 23-minute fireworks show, produced by Western Enterprises, based in Enid, Oklahoma, experienced the shell burst at about 17 minutes into the show, which is held over Nottingham Lake.  The safety distance between the fireworks firing area and the crowd was credited with the limited number of persons having minor burns. The rapid response of the Western operators, who immediately shut the program down once the shells did not tract correctly, was also credited.

The Town of Avon each year prepares fully for the fireworks show, which attracts 20,000 persons, through the development of an Incident Command Plan which is practiced and in place before the show begins.  “Police, fire and emergency medical staff responded to the incident in less than one minute,” reported Deputy Chief Daly.  “Four ambulances were assigned to the event in addition to one paramedic supervisor, so experienced medical personnel were ready to respond quickly.  The crowd was exceptional in its calm response to what could have been a much more serious incident.”

An investigation into the cause of the malfunction began immediately after the incident.

For more information, please contact Town Manager Virginia Egger at 970.331.1439 or Paul Zoch, Fireworks Display Operator for Western Enterprises, Inc., at paul.zoch55@gmail.com or 970.376.2836.

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