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Linglestown Gazette: Stray firework explodes at Koons Park

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stray firework explodes at Koons Park

The start of a sandlot baseball game was delayed Tuesday evening at Koons Park by about 10 minutes by two policemen canvassing the field with police dogs.

I was told the police were there in response to a firework that exploded in the area of field. It probably was a leftover from the fireworks show held at the park on July 3 that was missed by the cleanup crew.

Tonight I got the rest of the story from a woman who attended the civic association meeting – a Lower Paxton Township employee touched off the firework when he hit it while mowing the grass with a riding mower. Apparently, the explosion knocked belts off the mower's underside, damaged the blade and scared the bejesus out of the worker.


At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the township should rethink their setting off fireworks
In a residential area if they aren't able to insure that stray landmines won't be left behind.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous East End Resident said...

The firework that was found has not been positively identified as one from the July 3rd show. 3 local agencies searched the area immediately after the show, as well as the next day. Seeing that it was two weeks after the show when it was found, it is a good possibility that it was from someone setting off personal illegal fireworks recently. I live on Jerome and I hear fireworks on a regular basis from the direction of the park. Regardless of where it came from, I'm glad nobody was hurt. People need to stop jumping to conclusions and blaming the township right away. The show is put on for the community and all safety requirements are met by the groups putting it on. It's a world like this where soon we won't even be able to set off a sparkler because someone might burn themselves.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger  said...

Thanks much for the additional information, East End Resident. This is how citizen journalism is supposed to work.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live right up from the park and hear the fireworks going off. They are being set off at all hours of the night. It gets old after awhile.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps East End Resident is correct and the firework isn't from the 4th, but living next to the park I can tell you the celebration the township sponsers every year is NOT in the proper venue.
It's not fun having to clean up firework waste from my rooftop, and property after the fireworks.
They should NOT be set off so close to taxpayers residences. If you disagree East End - how bout they set them off across the street from your house next year?

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous East End Resident said...

"Anonymous" -
I get the popped pieces on my property as well, not a big deal at least for me. I enjoy community events so it's worth the little sacrifice so that there can be events like this. Where else could it be held? I believe the fire company in linglestown pays for the show, and that's why it's held in the linglestown area. It's nice to know that those guys want to give back so much money to their community (I would expect a show like that costs between $8-10K) even though they're volunteers.


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