Ames, IA – A day filled with on-and-off heavy rains and winds was too much for the scheduled fireworks in Ames Wednesday night.
Iowa State University Risk Management, ISU Police and Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau communicated throughout the day on Wednesday keeping eyes to the skies, radar, and ground conditions, while J & M Productions worked for hours to set up for the annual Independence Celebration Fireworks scheduled that night. At 6:30 pm, ISU officials declared the clearing weather no longer posed any safety concerns so it was safe to proceed with fireworks from a public viewing perspective. Despite the wet conditions, J & M Productions also agreed they could proceed, and finished setting up the remainder of their operations necessary for the display.
The fireworks began shortly before 10:00 pm to the delight of hundreds of onlookers. After ten minutes of fireworks, there was a pause in the show. J & M contacted officials to say there would be a delay as they tried to reset, but ultimately the show was unintentionally cut short because the next string of fireworks fuses was too wet and damaged to be lit.
J & M Productions must set up hours in advance to produce a fireworks show, and while they did all they could to keep equipment and supplies dry and protected, it was hard to compete with the saturated grounds and heavy storms that plagued Ames that day.
Crystal Davis, Destination Ames Member & Visitors Services Director for the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau said, “It’s everyone’s intention to have a fun and safe way to kick off the Ames Independence Day Celebration with fireworks.” Davis continued, “The fireworks may have been cut short, but Mother Nature’s show was pretty powerful!”
The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant program has been funding the Independence Celebration fireworks in Ames since 2007.