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Fireworks show still a dud


An effort to secure a professional fireworks show on July 5 has fizzled.

Tourism director Leslie Ross said she contacted an Anchorage pyrotechnician about coming to Haines for a show the day after Independence Day, as no qualified contractors were available for the holiday.

“There were too many logistics and it was too expensive to make it happen, especially for a program that wouldn’t happen on the Fourth (of July),” Ross said. Complications included getting the woman here on time and arranging round-trip shipment of hundreds of pounds of equipment, including reusable canisters.

“It was too tight a time frame. If you put together the expenses and all the time and effort, it was a little much for a show… It just wasn’t worth the pursuit,” Ross said.

As of this week, it appeared there would be no official blasts on the Fourth of July.

Plans for the holiday show dried up when Haines pyrotechnician Phillip Wilde said he was done putting it on. Wilde’s decision to quit the show he put on for 13 years was the subject of a July 11, 2013 article in the Chilkat Valley News.

Putting on the show has become more complicated in recent years. It was sponsored for decades by the Haines Chamber of Commerce, with major funding from local donations and a municipal grant. Due to insurance concerns, responsibility for the show shifted to the municipality recently.