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Celebrate the Fourth with the Allred Brothers
June 25, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Fireworks light up the sky at last year’s Allred Brothers community firework show held at Gering’s Memorial Stadium at the Gering Junior High. This year, the show is held on Friday, June 3.

In what’s become a Gering tradition, the Allred Brothers will be setting off fireworks in celebration of our nations’ independence.
The fireworks show happens the evening of Friday, July 3 at Memorial Stadium on 7th Street next to the junior high school.

The Allred Brothers have hosted a fireworks show for the past 20 years. Activity starts about 6:30 p.m. with members of the Gering Schools Music Boosters Club selling burgers and hot dogs at the stadium to help support the Gering schools music program. Some small groups from the City Band will also be performing.

The National Anthem will be played at 8:45 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.

“This is a free event for the public, however we gladly accept donations to help with costs,” said organizer Justin Allred. “This is always a big event and we filled the west stadium last year.”
Adding in people setting up lawn chairs on the track and in end zones, an estimated 2,500 people attended in 2014.

The public is invited to help fill the bleachers of Memorial Stadium again this year and enjoy some old-fashioned family fun.

Since we first became a nation, fireworks have been a part of many celebrations, especially our nations’ birthday. And with fireworks comes the responsibility to be safe when using them.

Fireworks can be legally sold in Nebraska between June 25 and July 4, and different cities have different times when they can be set off.
“Make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s safety recommendations and always have adult supervision when setting off fireworks,” Gering Fire Chief Jay Templar said. “And always set them off in a safe area that has some concrete around it where weeds won’t catch fire.”

He added that recent rains cause the weeds to grow faster, adding to the danger. Even in wet conditions, weeds and underbrush dry out quickly and can become extremely flammable within an hour following a rainstorm.

“Most of fireworks safety is just common sense,” he said. “You should keep a bucket of water close by in case it’s needed to extinguish them.”

Templar emphasized that once fireworks have been set off, they should be placed in a metal container for a couple of days before discarding. Fireworks are still live fire and embers can burn in them even after they’ve been set off, so they should never be placed in a dumpster until they’re completely cold.

“We had a house fire a few years ago due to fireworks that were collected but left close the garage door,” Templar said. “The embers were still smoldering and the place caught fire.”
Also, after shooting off fireworks, be a good neighbor and clean up the debris.

If you live in the county, the same safety recommendations should be observed with igniting fireworks. However, towns have ordinances when fireworks may be discharged. They may only be ignited the days they are sold, from June 25 to July 4. In Gering, hours are 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. June 25 through July 3. On July 4, the time is extended to midnight.

Hours in Scottsbluff are 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. through July 3, with the time extended to 11:59 p.m. on July 4.

In Minatare and Morrill, fireworks may be set off from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 25 through July 3. On July 4, the time is extended to midnight.

In Mitchell, fireworks may be ignited from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 25 through July 2. For July 3 and 4, the hours are extended to midnight.
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