Most area residents were pleased to hear that the area will again witness a fireworks display over Centennial Terrace during the Fourth of July weekend after the cancellation of last year’s festivities due to COVID-19 concerns.
Although pleased, the event means extra work for the men and women of the Sylvania Township police and fire departments.
“We’ll be with them as soon as they get here and pretty much stay with them until after the fireworks are over,” Fire Chief Mike Ramm said, referring to the company which puts on the display.
“We’ll be back at the site the next morning too, just to be sure no unexploded shells are around.”
He said the company which will be setting off the display usually arrives 24 to 36 hours before the July 3 display.
On the day of the display, the department has equipment and personnel both at Centennial and at Pacesetter Park in case there is an issue requiring a response from the department, He added that Richfield Township usually sends a crew which stands by at Central Trail Elementary School near Mitchaw and Brint roads.
Sylvana Township firefighters at the fireworks show are generally stationed to the north where the crowds are heavier and the chief said they could have difficulty getting very far to the south due to the crowds and vehicles in the area.
Police Chief Paul Long said “Everybody knows you have to work the Third, referring to police manpower for the event. Most officers will be assigned to traffic duty in directing vehicles into and away from the area after the display,” the chief said.
Final details of permitted traffic flow are currently under discussion and Chief Long said that when they are completed a map will be posted on the township’s website, “and our website and Facebook and everywhere,” he said.
“We want everyone to know in advance where there is no parking and what streets will become one-way for the event.”
He added that he and his officers know there can be frustration for drivers leaving the area, but if everyone cooperates with the plan and follows the directions of officers, “it’s just going to be a lot better for everyone.”
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: June 9, 2021
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