Security Concerns Snuff Out Lompoc Fireworks Show; Family festival planned | Local News
Lompoc will forgo a July 4 fireworks display this year, though a daytime family event will still take place.
In response to a question from council member Dirk Starbuck at the end of Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Christie Alacaron, director of community development, said the pyrotechnics company the city hires for the professional fireworks informed staff too late of concerns about the location of the case. to be discussed at a board meeting.
After the 2021 fireworks display at Ryon Park, the firework group “didn’t feel very safe,” Alarcon said.
“They felt like they were really pressing their luck with the mortars, the potential damage to the cell tower, and then the high fire risk there,” Alarcon said. “Fortunately, we succeeded; we were fine and it was a good show.
In 2019 and before, the annual 4th of July celebration with professional fireworks was held at Lompoc High School’s Huyck Stadium.
But this facility has undergone a base-focused makeover, adding faux fur, a rubberized track, and other upgrades.
While the pyrotechnics vendor considered the stadium a safe place and would do a 2022 show at the facility, the Lompoc Unified School District — “and rightly so,” Alarcon said — doesn’t want to risk harm.
When the high school site was used for the fireworks show, nearby city property served as a fallout area for the pyrotechnics, Alarcon said.
The staff and vendor discussed moving the event to other areas of Ryon Park, but the hazard issues remained.
“You are replacing one risk with another. It was either land on viewers, viewers. It would land on houses or risk being thrown back into an area of intense fire,” Alarcon said.
The vendor and city staff previously explored other parks around, but all locations had to be ruled out for various reasons, Alarcon said.
Although there will be no nightly fireworks, the City’s Family Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4 at Ryon Park will have free admission with a bike ride, live music direct, food trucks, inflatables and more, according to the recreation division.
However, safe and healthy fireworks will not be permitted in the park.
Professional fireworks are planned in Solvang on July 4, with a parade earlier in the day, and in the Santa Maria Valley at the rodeo grounds.
The Solvang 4th of July celebration will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Doors to the Santa Maria Elks/Unocal Event Center will open at 4 p.m. with events scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4. Admission is free but parking costs $10. Food, beer and wine will be sold. Live music will be provided by Mestizo.
Safe and healthy fireworks are also prohibited on rodeo grounds and in the Santa Ynez Valley, including Solvang.