Village of Swanton postpones fireworks due to heat
SWANTON, Ohio (WNWO) - For the first time in more than two decades, the Village of Swanton has decided to postpone this weekend's fireworks show. Every year, thousands come out to the Saturday night fireworks fest at Swanton High School.
“They have food trucks, lots of people get together, the fireworks get set off right in front of you,” said Cole Jaeger, who usually attends the fireworks fest.
But, because of this building heat and a heat index expected to soar into the hundreds, The Village of Swanton and first responders were worried.
“I’ve been out here about 10 minutes and I’m already sweating,” said Ben Paterson, who works in Swanton.
The main concerns are people overheating, the need to potentially increase EMS crews on scene, and firework flares sparking a fire because of the dry grass in the area.
“We don’t take this lightly,” said Rosanna Hoelzlie, Village Administrator for the Village of Swanton. “We have never cancelled due to heat, we’ve had to reschedule a couple of times because of rain, never heat.”
Hoelzlie said the problem is that people don’t just come out for a quick show, it’s an all-night event.
“There is no shade and no area for people to get out and try and cool down,” said Hoelzlie. “People show up to frequent our vendors at 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.”
If you still want to get your fireworks fix, you have some options. Toledo, Perrysburg, and Sylvania are still holding fireworks shows.
Hoelzlie said they are going to reschedule the event. Right now, the village is working with first responders and vendors to set a date.