Fireworks shows cancelled in Hot Springs

Fireworks shows cancelled in Hot Springs

You just can't celebrate the 4th of July without fireworks but those celebrating this year in Hot Springs don't have a choice. The Fire Marshal has cancelled all four annual shows within the city limits.

Hot Springs is the hot spot for all tourist activities in the summertime but one of those summer staples is a no go this year.

The city's four fireworks displays are all cancelled. The Fire Marshal says the conditions are just too dangerous.

"They plan family reunions around them, they plan special events around them," said Spa Fireworks Company owner Tom Daniel on the importance of the city's displays.

"I think a lot of the people that come here from out of town expect fireworks shows," said Sydney Smith while out on a boat with her family. "Especially if they don't do their own."

Smith is rearranging her plans to now go out of town to find a fireworks show.

"It's the fourth. It's just part of it," she said.

Leaving Daniel's livelihood at risk.

"The 4th of July kicks off the biggest months that we have all year. It's our biggest retail month all year."

He's not just talking about the fireworks. Boat rentals, restaurants and gift shops all expect to take hits too.

"It really puts a hardship on a tremendous amount of people," said Daniel.

Daniel could, unfortunately, suffer the worst. With the cancellation of his four city shows and a burn ban in effect, he's already out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The four cancelled shows include two on Lake Hamilton, one at Magic Springs and one at Oaklawn. Fireworks are still scheduled as planned in Hot Springs Village, on Lake Ouachita and on Lake DeGray.

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