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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Despite burn bans and extremly dry conditions, Sharp County is one of the few areas where residents will still be able to view a fireworks show on the Fourth of July holiday.

Thunder on Thunderbird will go on as planned with the help of area fire departments, who will wet the area where pyrotechnicians from Air Magic, Inc. will be setting up the fireworks display on the dam at Thunderbird Lake in Cherokee Village.

With temperatures exceeding 110 in Sharp County and no relief in sight, area residents have crowded area beaches and pools to try to keep cool in the unseasonably hot temperatures.

Sharp County is currently under a burn ban and a fireworks ban. Fire departments in the county have posted signs and stress the importance of obeying these bans.

While shooting fireworks is always fun for the holiday, this year, the public will have to leave the colorful displays to the professionals.

One spark from embers of a firework could ignite a fire which will spread quickly in the blistering heat.

Thunder on Thunderbird's Thunderfest will give the public an opportunity to enjoy the Independence Day holiday with music, food, and vendor booths at Town Center, and near the Thunderbird Marina.

The day-long event will be sponsored by First National Banking Company.

According to event organizer and pyrotechnician Jack Lowe, "Thunder on Thunderbird" has become one of the largest fireworks displays in the state.

Besides food and vendors, there will also be a climbing wall, obstacle course, a boat parade beginning at 7 p.m., a helicopter show at 8 p.m., followed by the Liberty Bank fireworks show at 9 p.m.

So, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, come out and enjoy the holiday in Cherokee Village, instead of setting off fireworks at home.

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