Fireworks show heads Fourth

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Miss-Lou residents can enjoy the Fourth of July today with an annual fireworks show over the Mississippi River.

The show will begin at dusk and is sponsored by Isle of Capri Casino and United Mississippi Bank.

&uot;I just know it’s a pretty spectacular event,&uot; said Agnes Holloway, marketing director for United Mississippi Bank.

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Since everyone enjoys fireworks. Holloway encourages the community to come out for the show.

&uot;If they don’t have anything planned or even if they do … its usually really nice,&uot; Holloway said. &uot;And we have so many places to really watch them.&uot;

Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff said officers would increase patrols in Natchez during the holiday.

Alcohol is not permitted during the show and parking will not be permitted on Broadway, Huff said.

&uot;We want everybody to have a good time – a good safe Fourth,&uot; Huff said.

Shooting fireworks inside the city limits is also against the law, Huff said.

Often officers hear reports of &uot;people popping (fireworks) in the city and disturbing their neighbors,&uot; Huff said.

Usually its young people and officers often just ask them to stop if a problem such as disturbing the peace develops, Huff said.

Sparklers are permitted but the public needs to be aware they also can be dangerous because of the heat they produce, Huff said.

Shooting firearms into the air is also against the law for safety reasons.

&uot;The bullet’s got to go somewhere,&uot; Huff said.

Vidalia police will respond to fireworks complaints if they are called in, said Police Chief Billy Hammers.

In Ferriday, citizens can shoot fireworks all day today and until 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the Ferriday Police Department.