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Waynesboro to expand fireworks show

June 10, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The areas from which people can watch Fourth of July fireworks in Waynesboro are changing to accommodate a longer show featuring explosions higher in the sky.

The Waynesboro Area Middle School parking lot will be divided in half by caution tape. Spectators can sit in the half closest to East Second Street, but no one will be permitted to park in the lot.

Also, spectators will not be allowed to sit closer than the southeast corner of the building. Fireworks are put off near the trees behind the school.

"Our safety zone has to be bigger," Waynesboro Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman said, saying plans from the new fireworks operator require the radius to be expanded by 100 yards.

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Master Displays of Roanoke, Va., will use fiberglass tubes, rather than the paper ones used in recent years. Hartman said explosions will be 100 to 150 feet higher and ground displays will be eliminated.

The show typically starts between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m., and an extra 150 shots have been added.

"We're going to put a layer of foam on the rubber roof of the middle school," Hartman said. The propane tank will be covered by a canvas tarp and made wet, he said.

An ambulance will be parked on East Second Street.

Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King said extra officers will be working on the holiday, and some will patrol the fireworks spectators area. Fire police also will be stationed along the caution tape lines.

The safety zone is required to protect the safety of spectators and their belongings, Hartman said.

People still can park their vehicles at Summitview Elementary School, the Waynesboro Area YMCA and other surrounding areas. They will not be permitted into the middle school parking lot.

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