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Fireworks safety questioned

March 2, 2013

The Fourth of July fireworks display held on the Dunkirk waterfront is a highlight of the summer season for many area residents. Not everyone is always happy with the outcome however....

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Mar-03-13 9:29 PM

This event has been going on for OVER 50 yrs! I can't believe a few people are making such a big stink.

If the mayor & council were smart, there's their out. They could save the city $30,000/yr by saying as a result of these public complaints, it's no longer feasible for the city to provide a July 4th fireworks show.

Are all you complainers happy now?

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Mar-03-13 6:14 PM

There are distance requirements connected with the display of fireworks. It's set by law. If the city is issuing a fireworks permit without meeting the required setback, my bet would be the city is left holding the bag. Or is the city even issuing a permit?

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Mar-02-13 11:29 PM

I have read 2000 books and more science stuiff and women are the answer to the whole world problems,they can use my chemical ooh and they have !! Thank You Lilith ...&steiner for making it happen the women have taken over ....

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Mar-02-13 11:25 PM


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Mar-02-13 11:22 PM

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Mar-02-13 11:19 PM

The only thing Dunkirk has for the summer,lets stop the fireworks so the last nail goes in...The fireworks is what brinngs 1000's of people to the harbor.Let 1 boat owner ruin it for everyone,just move your boat or be there.How ridiculous...

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Mar-02-13 11:13 PM

chris*****ter- says he'll catch all the embers...what a douche ...

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Mar-02-13 8:45 PM

hadenough's analogy reminds me of the old saying"if the dog hadn't stopped to crap he would have caught the rabbit",so having the luxury of having a boat should over shadow a civic event that entertains thousands for one night,next thing you know there will be someone wanting to cancel all parades because some one may trip,fall and be injured,come on people get real,as others have stated that's what insurance is for

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Mar-02-13 3:41 PM

Well, Not sure but i wonder if the City could issue a temporary safety radius or something, forcing any unauthorized vehicles inside a certain distance from the center of ground zero to be moved until the danger passes. A notice would be posted ahead of time sompeople could prepare. That would fix everyone's problem.

You know the display is going to happen, it's not like the City allofasudden declares "Hey, let's shoot off a bunch of fireworks!" with no warning and/or random schedule. the "July 4th Fireworks Display" should clue you in as to when it might happen.

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Mar-02-13 2:39 PM

Ok up to this point no major damage has resulted from the fireworks display. That does not mean that in the future something could go wrong. We are all thinking of material things. Not one respondent has said anything about a person getting hurt. Just goes to show what we as a people value most. Take all the precautions you want you cannot prevent an accident. Happens everyday.

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Mar-02-13 2:32 PM

The city has already taken the city dock area away from the local and visiting fishermen. Now is the time to take the whole harbor away from all the boat-owners. Hopefully, we can get a 24hour liquor license so the bar will never close. That should please at least one bar owner.

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Mar-02-13 2:18 PM

You damage my boat you pay to have it fixed. It's as simple as that. I paid for that boat slip. I shouldn't have to move it. What if I'm out of town for the holiday? I guess I'll take my chances I won't find a burn mark on my boat when I return. What if an ember landed on the roof of a house? While most of you writing here can move your house. Mine has a foundation so I guess I'm out of luck.

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Mar-02-13 12:20 PM

Hdenough, th writer absolutely is whining. I'm sick and tired or people complaining about nothing, and expecting everyone to change their routine so one person is happy. Unsafe? You're kidding me. For one night a year, people gather at the lakeshore to watch a fireworks display. They even announce it prior to the actual event, almost as if to allow one to prepare oneself ahead of time!

It's one day a year. MOVE. YOUR. BOAT. whiner.

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Mar-02-13 12:18 PM

The words BOAT OWNERS INSURANCE comes to mind or move your boat for one day!

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Mar-02-13 10:37 AM

I read this paper everyday, and it certainly seems to me that there are a bunch of people who look for things to *****x and complain about. Every municipality that has a fireworks display has some risk, I suppose, but only here do we have someone trying to scare the bejeebers out of us. These people are very frustrating, at least to me. It's not like our area has a lot of great things going on, and the 4th has been such a fun and long-standing tradition that it is shame we have to endure this whining.

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Mar-02-13 10:15 AM

Actually the person is not whining. A bad firework could do quite a bit of damage. The city is responsible for the safety of the people and the boats and marina located there. Why should an individual or individuals have to move their boats? They pay berthing fees. Just sue the city for damages happens all the time when someone hits a pot hole and damages the car. Years back the fireworks were shot off the breakwall but that makes to much sense in these days of litigation. The company can carry insurance but the ultimate responsibility falls on the city. And there you have it plain and simple. Move or stop the fireworks. You could also close the Marina and I am sure that has been discussed.

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Mar-02-13 9:42 AM

How about this: MOVE YOUR BOAT. problem solved, genius.

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Mar-02-13 7:53 AM

would not expect any else from zen!

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Mar-02-13 7:08 AM

All this because of ONE person whining?

Here's another way to look at it: it's common knowledge that on the Fourth of July, the city puts on a fireworks display. It's been going on for at LEAST the last forty years. It's an "act of God" as to which way the wind blows. You know all those are pretty colors? Those are glowing embers. Hot.

So... if you're so concerned about your boat getting scarred or marked, what actions have YOU the boat owner taken to protect your property??? If your answer is "NONE." Then there is no one to blame but yourself. Of course your claim is going to be denied. As it should be. For the very reasons stated above. It's not like the city or the fireworks vendor specifically set out to damage your property.

Quit your whining and take some PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for your own property. How about offering a charter to watch the fireworks from the water? Turn a lemon into lemonade.

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Mar-02-13 6:02 AM

Does the word "Killjoy" come to mind? Has there EVER been a boat fire? No.

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