Around 3:45 p.m. today, the those living and working in downtown Asheville were treated to mid-day fireworks display coming from the south side of the city. And as is common in a town like Asheville, rumors on the street immediately began to circulate. Was it some kind of anarchist demonstration? Performance art? An early Mardi Gras celebration? The big clue was in the direction of the explosions, centered as they were around McCormick Field.
What was the inspiration behind the daylight fireworks display? According to City of Asheville Assistant Fire Marshal Kelly Hinz, the explosions were actually part of a “Code Red” continuing-education program for fire inspectors. The demonstration was intended to familiarize inspectors with the technical aspects of the fireworks equipment.