City of Boulder officials announced today that the annual Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been cancelled due to the extremely high fire danger in the area.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast Cancelled!
The fireworks show is held each year at Folsom Field on the CU Boulder campus and is a highly anticipated event for residents each year.
“Public safety was our primary concern in deciding to cancel the fireworks show. Given the current fire in south Boulder, along with fires in neighboring cities and extremely dry conditions, the public safety risk to the Boulder community is significant,” said Boulder City Manager Jane S. Brautigam.
Firefighting crews need to remain focused on the current fire. Even if the fire is extinguished before that time, the lack of rain and the continued forecasts for hot dry weather prompted their decision to cancel the fireworks.
“We know it’s disappointing to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks, but it would be a real tragedy if we went forward and someone’s home caught fire as a result,” said Boulder Fire Marshal Dave Lowrey.
Lowrey cautioned that individuals should not set off fireworks on their own; it is illegal for individuals to possess or use fireworks within the City of Boulder.
“While it’s disappointing that conditions warrant canceling the fireworks display, public safety is the first priority,” said Lew Kingdom of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, primary sponsor of the event. “The Associates of Wright Kingdom continue to be proud sponsors of Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast, and we’re looking forward to bringing back an amazing show next year.”
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been held at Folsom Field since 1941. The 2012 event was sponsored by the associates of Wright Kingdom Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media sponsors included the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder Channel 8.
Source: Boulder CO