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01/02/18 at 01:03pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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(01/01/18 12:44am)CastleOSullivan Wrote:  I was not there tonight, but given last year's show, sadly, I am not too surprised. The downfall during last year looked very out of control, and it amazes me that this didn't happen last year.

It did. It just didn't really start burning until most people were gone. I watched from the bridge. It just didn't make the news.
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01/02/18 at 01:33pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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Out of curiosity -- what is different about the NYE fireworks that make fires more likely? Is it anything beyond simply the climate as a function of time of year (dry and leafy ground vs. humid green leaves still on trees)?

'Cuz they had fireworks frequently during a few recent summers, and I don't recall hearing about any noteworthy or repeated conflagrations. Occasional minor trestle fires, sure -- but who doesn't get those from time to time?
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01/02/18 at 01:38pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire (Latest Edit: 01/02/18 at 01:44pm by Zachary.)
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There has been a notable uptick in pyro mishaps over the last year at BGW from what I understand. The fourth of July fireworks were a complete mess as well. The vast majority of these incidents go unreported when we hear about them because they are dealt with without guests ever really noticing. Sunday's was the largest I know of in recent memory.

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01/02/18 at 02:10pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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It could be something as simple as "the guy" who had all the institutional knowledge about fireworks at the park retired or was let go.

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01/03/18 at 08:35pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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Fires are usually caused by an explosion occurring too close to the ground, not allowing ample time for glowing embers to burn out. This puts the blame on China, for making crappy fireworks. ( yes....that is a joke)

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01/03/18 at 09:25pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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This was from last year. Skip to the 0:45 mark in this video. To my knowledge, the fireworks have never been allowed to go as low as they do here. That happens several times more in this video. It just seems to me like they are asking for trouble.


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01/03/18 at 11:22pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire (Latest Edit: 01/03/18 at 11:23pm by whanna.)
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We live in Hershey, PA and at the town square, the NYE fireworks were going off about 150 feet AGL. With 100' bloom, that doesn't give much time for the embers on the bottom to burn out. Fortunately here, it's a rail bed and parking lots. Under the BGW trestle with a breeze blowing at all, there's just shoreline to catch the embers.
Having a handline deployed ahead of time certainly save a lot of ground this time. Hopefully they do it each time in the future, plus look to get shells exploding higher in the air.

Our July 4 fireworks in Hershey actually got cut short this summer, I just remembered. The hillside that they are launched from caught fire, took a while to extinguish (dry few weeks heading up to July. Probably could have sprayed the field down an hour before the show, but I'm not a professional so I won't attempt to judge).
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