By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser will have its annual Fourth of July fireworks as planned, but officials are reminding those who are putting off their own fireworks now that they are in violation of city ordinances.
City officials announced during Wednesday’s regular Keyser City Council meeting that the fireworks display, sponsored by Boyce-Houser Post 41 and presented by the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, at dusk.
Due to the pool not being open this summer there will be no games or activities during the day of the Fourth, but live music will begin at the Brooks Park amphitheater at 5:30 p.m., featuring Solid Gold, Pinnacle, and New Chapter.
Fire chief Tim Evans noted that the public needs to be aware that, with the WVU Potomac State College campus still closed to the public due to COVID-19, people will not be able to gather on the soccer field or in any of the college parking lots to observe the fireworks.
"Good alternate spots to watch them would be the West End Playground, South End (Brooks Park), or Martin’s parking lot," he said.
Evans also urged residents to use caution and common sense when discharging their own fireworks at home.
"‘Hold my beer and watch this’ doesn’t mix with fireworks," he said, adding that fireworks, if mishandled or through an accident, "can and will burn everything around them."
In addition. police chief Paul Sabin reminded residents that the current city ordinance forbids anyone from using fireworks within the city limits at any time other than between dusk and 10 p.m. on July 2-6 in regard to the Fourth of July holiday.
The city has received numerous complaints in recent days of people discharging fireworks and the Keyser Police Department has been following up on the calls.
In addition, no consumer fireworks at all are allowed to be discharged on any city property, including the city’s parks.