Fireworks display starts blaze, again

Chris Michlewicz
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Firefighters were equipped and ready to fight the inevitable blaze at Lone Tree's annual fireworks display.

South Metro Fire Rescue had a team staged with a brush truck in case things got out of hand at the Independence Day celebration, and they did. Embers from a firework rained down on a dry field near the launch site and ignited a small blaze that was extinguished within a few minutes, said Anthony Valdez, public information officer for South Metro.

The show went on as planned, but some were disappointed by the lack of a finale. The city's fireworks display has a history of starting small brush fires.

Firefighters worked in conjunction with pyrotechnics experts prior to the show to determine trajectory and how weather conditions might affect the display. Valdez said South Metro has certain guidelines that enable them to delay or cancel a show, but there were no early signs of trouble.