Fireworks Light up Grand Junction Sky
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- On Sunday night, residents enjoyed the fireworks show that was meant for the Fourth of July. The spectacle lit up the sky following a Grand Junction Rockies game.
The show was postponed due to a fire ban over the summer.
Emily Wright, recreation supervisor for the city of Grand Junction, said, "I'm most excited to see the excitement of the crowd. We have a sold out Rockies game. Everyone is here, really excited for the fireworks."
Capt. Eric Cox with the Grand Junction Fire Department said, "They had made a decision that, because of the fire ban in the entire state, that they would go ahead and rescind the fireworks."
The Colorado wildfires left ash and heartache in their wake, but also brought communities closer together.
"It really wasn't likely that we would have a fire issue, but again, it was really done more out of respect for the fact that there were such huge wildfires elsewhere in the state and around the country," said Cox.
Gabrielle Michna, the sales and marketing manager for Powderhorn Resort, said, "The fire ban definitely put a big damper on the summer, but once that lifted, I think everyone was out and about camping and getting the fires up and started."
Although fall is almost here, many say it's never too late for fireworks.
Debbie Allen, a season ticket holder for the Grand Junction Rockies, said, "We are big Grand Junction Rockies fans, but we are especially excited tonight because of the fireworks."
Cox also said, "It's really something the town looks forward to and the people enjoy."
Fireworks West International spent about 24 hours setting up the display, preparing over 2,000 shots to light up the sky.
Local entities also worked together to make sure the night went off without a hitch.
"The police department has a plan in place for any type of issues or problems that might happen. We discussed it with our on-duty crew, what their access routes and plan would be if an event were to happen," Cox said.
Whether it's the Fourth of July or the beginning of September, there's never a bad time to get the community together and celebrate the nation.