MAN, W.Va. — It looks like the announcement that the town of Man might not have a fireworks show on the Fourth of July was a bit premature. The town will now have an Independence Day fireworks show after all.
That was the message Man Mayor Jim Blevins started off the May meeting of the Man Town Council with.
Last month the Mayor explained to the council that it looked as if Man would not have any fireworks show this year due to the loss the certified pyrotechnics person to oversee and supervise such a show. Blevins noted that the local fire chief who had been taking care of the event in years past said it was too risky and that he felt uncomfortable with setting off the explosives due to fires and other incidents in the past. The Chief emphasized that he did not want to be a part of it any further.
As was explained in the April council meeting there had been several very close calls over the past couple of years including a roof fire as well as an incident where an unexploded shell fell from the bridge and then struck a local resident’s car- whereupon it detonated, doing damage to the vehicle.
The mayor said that it could prove to be expensive to have to find a certified pyrotechnician to put on a fireworks show as well as the actual purchase of the fireworks themselves.
Mayor Blevins said that there was another problem related to the show- that of legal liability in the event of another accident such as those discussed at the April meeting.
At that meeting longtime Councilman Roger Muncy said he did not want to see the town do without fireworks on the Fourth of July and asked about taking up collections and fundraising efforts in order to hire a pyrotechnics supervisor and purchase explosives. Blevins told the council members that if it was what they wished he would try to do just that. Following the meeting many people were upset when they found out that their might not be a traditional Independence Day fireworks celebration and funds began coming in from the fundraising efforts.
On Monday night Mayor Blevins said that around $1,700 had been raised to date.
“So it looks like we will in fact have a fireworks show this year,” Mayor Blevins said. “The show will be held on July 4. It looks like it will be a go.”
The Man Town Council also approved the purchase of a 2008 Chevy Truck which has a salt spreader and snow plow already attached.
“The people we are purchasing the truck from have worked with the town before,” Councilman Roger Muncy said. “We have bought other stuff from them over the years.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a retired reporter for The Logan Banner. He can be reached by calling 304-752-6950.