Bloomington and Normal fireworks on, precautions being taken

By Audrey Williams

Bloomington and Normal fireworks on, precautions being taken

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL, Ill -- Fireworks at Miller Park in Bloomington and Fairview Park in Normal are still a go, but officials are being cautious with the dry weather.

Bloomington City officials say they are fortunate to have them over a body of water.

However, they are still taking extra precautions in this dry weather like wetting down the area where fireworks will be launched, and having a Bloomington Fire engine standing by in case anything happens.

They're asking residents attending the show to be safe as well.

"Fireworks, sparklers included, are banned from the park on the 4th of July. The conditions are just too dry to allow even the legal fireworks, the few that there are, there is a special ban this July 4th," said John Kennedy, Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Bloomington.

While the town of Normal's fireworks are not over a body of water, organizers are also wetting down the area and will continue to do so tomorrow.

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