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01/01/18 at 12:01am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire (Latest Edit: 01/01/18 at 01:13am by Zachary.)
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http://wavy.com/2017/12/31/firefighters-...h-gardens/

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Firefighters responded to a brush fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Sunday night, according to James City County officials.

Busch Gardens was open at the time for their annual Christmastown event, according to their website.

Witnesses say the fire began during the amusement park’s special fireworks celebration.
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01/01/18 at 12:13am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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This news is terrible. Was anyone hurt?

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01/01/18 at 12:19am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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01/01/18 at 12:29am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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Land clearing for project Madrid nothing to see here


But jokes aside :

I’m just assuming nothing was damaged in that area ? How close is verboten there ?

Hope everyone was okay !

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01/01/18 at 12:44am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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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.

Was the show stopped or did this happen after? How did they handle evacuation procedures? I hope nobody was injured and that it didn't cause too much damage to the surroundings.

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01/01/18 at 12:53am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire (Latest Edit: 01/01/18 at 12:57am by horsesboy.)
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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.

Was the show stopped or did this happen after? How did they handle evacuation procedures? I hope nobody was injured and that it didn't cause too much damage to the surroundings.
I was there but had caught the fireworks from the lot and my car do to the extreme cold. Saw fire trucks on my way in but had no idea it was anything that significant. From what I am hearing it doesn't sound to bad it sounds like it wad contained to the woods bellow Lumberhack.
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01/01/18 at 12:57am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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I am planning on going to the park tomorrow. I will make sure to look if I can see any damage. I think the railway is closed in these temps anyway, as is Nacht Tower, so I don't think that's going to provide any more info.

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01/01/18 at 01:06am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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BGWFans is posting to our front page, as we get information. The current pictures and information can be found here.

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01/01/18 at 01:17am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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(01/01/18 12:57am)CastleOSullivan Wrote:  I am planning on going to the park tomorrow. I will make sure to look if I can see any damage. I think the railway is closed in these temps anyway, as is Nacht Tower, so I don't think that's going to provide any more info.
The rail road was running for part of the night tonight.
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01/01/18 at 02:14am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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Going solely by the pictures provided, it looks like the fireworks were drifting sideways too much before/while going off. They also looked like they were going off too low. Hard to tell by the pics, though. Jeez, I'm just glad nobody was hurt, and doesn't sound like too much damage other than foliage/trees. They put it out in 15 minutes? Well done by the fire department! Thanks for the pics and updates.
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01/01/18 at 04:01am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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01/01/18 at 05:05am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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I remember being on the train a couple years ago on a night where there was going to be fireworks. There were workers in that exact area with large hoses waiting to douse the area with water as a precaution once the last train came through. I was in the back of the train and heard the employee in back of the train let the hose workers know that there was one more train coming through before the railroad shut down.

I'm not sure if they take that precaution every night they have fireworks, but it shows they were concerned about this possibility.
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01/01/18 at 08:12am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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01/01/18 at 08:40am in New Year's Eve Brush Fire (Latest Edit: 01/01/18 at 08:45am by horsesboy.)
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(01/01/18 05:05am)DJTLG Wrote:  I remember being on the train a couple years ago on a night where there was going to be fireworks. There were workers in that exact area with large hoses waiting to douse the area with water as a precaution once the last train came through. I was in the back of the train and heard the employee in back of the train let the hose workers know that there was one more train coming through before the railroad shut down.

I'm not sure if they take that precaution every night they have fireworks, but it shows they were concerned about this possibility.

I rode the train last night and they had the hosed laid out to do that. How effectiveit they ould do it with the low temps is another question.

(01/01/18 02:14am)flamanar Wrote:  Going solely by the pictures provided, it looks like the fireworks were drifting sideways too much before/while going off.  They also looked like they were going off too low.  Hard to tell by the pics, though.  Jeez, I'm just glad nobody was hurt, and doesn't sound like too much damage other than foliage/trees.  They put it out in 15 minutes?  Well done by the fire department!  Thanks for the pics and updates.
While I have never watched them from the parking lot before they appeared to be normal to me.


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01/01/18 at 04:45pm in New Year's Eve Brush Fire
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We spoke to the park's communications manager about the fire and updated our frontpage article with what we learned. Most notably, the Busch Gardens Railroad is closed today, but according to park operations, that is because of the current temperatures.

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