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Hopkins Park fireworks show draws thousands

Park district, city split $14K tab for the event

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 7:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 5, 2013 10:35 p.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak –
Fireworks explode across the sky Thursday for the Fourth of July celebration at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

DeKALB – An estimated 8,000 people watched 527 pounds of fireworks being detonated from Hopkins Park on Thursday, park district officials said.

At least 800 explosive shells were launched from the park during the 30-minute show, said Lisa Small, the associate director of finance and administration for the DeKalb Park District.

“Everyone seemed really friendly and helpful, and it was a very nice experience,” Small said. “It was one of the best that I’ve seen.”

The park district did not keep an official tally of the spectators at Thursday’s show, but both Small and Brad Garrison, the park district’s associate director of planning and development, estimated between 7,000 to 8,000 people watched the fireworks in Hopkins Park.

“The park was crowded earlier in the day. It got really busy after 5:30 p.m.,” said Garrison, describing how space in the park quickly filled up. “It was a really nice night for fireworks.”

DeKalb police Lt. Jim McDougall said there were a couple of minor altercations in the park, but nothing serious.

The park district co-sponsors the fireworks display with the city, with each government putting up $7,000 for the show. Small said this is the same amount of money the district has spent on Fourth of July fireworks for the past 12 years.

Small’s good feelings about the fireworks show were shared by Doug Moser, a salesman/lead shooter with DCV Imports, a fireworks company from Lincoln.

Moser and his team fired off shells of various sizes and chemical compositions from a cordoned-off section of the park. He described timing as essential, with his team keeping track of which fireworks were being lit, and which song the band was playing.

“Everything went really smooth this year for setting up, firing and shooting off the show,” Moser said.

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