Abilene Fire Department Prepare for 4th of July Firework Show

By Kimberly Sears | ksears@ktab.tv

Published 07/03 2014 10:12PM

Updated 07/03 2014 10:43PM

Preparations for the Annual WesTex Connect 4th of July Firework Spectacular were underway at Nelson Park on Thursday.

WesTex extended the community of Comanche their deepest condolences, due to the explosion that happened earlier that day. The pyrotechnics say, when working working with explosives accidents can happen.

The Abilene Fire Department will proceed with their normal protocol for the annual display. They will go to the site on Friday and issue a permit, if the firework set up passes regulation.

Fire Marshall Jim Moore says that WesTex has been doing the show for some years now and knows all the requirements they need to meet. He said they are always willing to accommodate the fire department.

Moore explained that the fire fighters stay throughout the entire show in case any problems occur with the explosives. He is happy with the recent rain, so the grass isn't so dry and hopefully won't catch on fire so easily.

Moore is sadden to hear about the disaster that happened in Comanche and reminds people to consider safety tips.

He advises people to have water or a fire extinguisher around, never hold the fireworks while shooting them off, and don't let young children shoot them off.

Moore believes that WesTex will take all proper precautions for tomorrow. He feels that it will be fun and safe for the public to attend.

The event is free for the public, with the exceptions of VIP tickets already purchased.

The firework show will start when it gets dark on Friday night.

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