Communities Take Precautions for Fireworks in Dry Weather

From renting irrigation equipment to adding extra personnel, how Tinley Park, Orland and Bolingbrook are getting ready for the Fourth.

Local communities are taking extra precuations this year as they prep for extensive firework shows in dry weather. 

In Tinley Park, the village and park district, which split the expense of the village's annual fireworks display, are also paying $3,700 to rent irrigation equipment to saturate the area around the fireworks launch and landing site, according to the Chicago Tribune

The Orland Fire Protection District will have extra personnel and equipment on hand for the Orland Hills display on June 30 and the Orland Park display on June 4, according to the Trib.

"We're certainly ripe for some fairly large brush fires and bog fires," Orland Fire Chief Ken Brucki told the Trib. "It does put us on notice." 

The grounds where Bolingbrook launches its fireworks -- -- is pretty wet, said Deputy Chief Trinedad Garza. "They monitor that daily," Garza said. "They also do a pre-fireworks inspection, so there will be no hazards."

Garza said the department is relying on residents to "utilize some common sense" and not illegally launch fireworks.

Precautions for the Woodridge/Downers Grove fireworks show usually include clearing brush from near the firework shell site, soaking particular areas with water and having sand on hand, said Jack Knight, management analyst for the village of Woodridge. 

Less than half an inch of rain has been recorded at O'Hare International Airport since the beginning of June, Kevin Birk, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the Trib. Normally, he said, rainfall totals would be closer to 2.5 inches by now.

"Overall, we're going to stay in a dry pattern," he said. "Any showers we do see aren't going to be enough to bring us back up to where we should be for this time of year."

Dont Break The Law June 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We are all doomed. They are relying on people to use "common sense". Thats not a good strategy.
Jody Skopick June 28, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The thing that really gets me is the total lack of enforcement, when it comes to illegal fireworks. The block just south of ours has morons shooting fireworks off nightly, after dark. It's not just on the Fourth of July, it's every weekend, all summer long. I'm not talking little firecrackers, I'm hearing big bombs, (like quarter sticks of dynamite) that make the whole house shake. I'm at my wits end trying to calm down our German Shepherd who's trying to climb the walls to esaped the sound. Last year, she knocked over a huge tube TV set, by climbing on top of the table. It terrifies her. We can't leave the house for fear that some kids will be blowing off fireworks down the street. Yes, there is a drought, but how about someone blowing off their face, or hands. There is a reason that fireworks are illegal, and should only be handled by professionals. They are extremely dangerous, and don't belong in the neighborhoods.
Amber June 28, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Well said!
Amber June 28, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I have a Will County Sheriff/Deputy in our subdivision, he is the worst one of all when it comes to blowing off fireworks. They don't enforce it because they don't follow the law themselves! I have a kid that lives behind me whose parents seem to never be around. Last year the kid and his friends where shooting them off...at each other, into the street at cars, etc. MORONS! Even with puppy tranquilizers and a thunder-shirt my dogs where freaking out and hiding under the couch (which they barely fit under). They were never that bad until the cop and the kid moved in!


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