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Fireworks show canceled because of dry conditions

Jun 27, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The Riverton Little League games have been full of fireworks with perfect pitches and home runs this season, but the league's annual fireworks show has been canceled.

The Riverton City Council voted June 19 to approve a fireworks permit for the June 28 end-of-the-season celebration if weather conditions permitted.

Baseball coach Shane Lassiter approached council members with news that Jim Landis of Flying Phoenix Fireworks had concerns of dry weather affecting the fireworks show.

"Landis is hesitant to go ahead with putting on the fireworks show due to the dry conditions we have been experiencing the last couple of months," Lassiter said.

Lassiter said the fireworks show is something many in the community look forward to every year and asked council to go ahead with approval of the permit in case the weather changed before the show.

"We never know if the weather will decide to drastically surprise us in the next couple of weeks," Lassiter said.

Councilman Richard Gard said if the weather conditions remained dry, the council could schedule the fireworks show for a later date when the fire danger is lower.

"There are a lot of fun things to do with fireworks, and there is no limitation of time to the permit," Gard said. "We could always have the show sometime in January around New Year's and have it associated with Little League baseball."

But on June 21, Lassiter said the show had been canceled because the forecast showed little change.

"Unfortunately, the concerns of dry air and strong winds are not going away, "Lassiter said. "The Ron Saban baseball complex needs some moisture. I just don't think it is going to happen."

Little League president Jason Muehler said the season has been fantastic, with more kids participating than in previous years.

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