About those daytime fireworks downtown

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.


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4 thoughts on “About those daytime fireworks downtown

  1. CraveRecords

    I live and work downtown. I had no idea this even happened, as is common for a person like myself.

  2. Steve Shanafelt

    @CraveRecords: When I was tracking down where the fireworks came from, I called the Asheville Tourists’ office at McCormick Field, and the person I spoke to there had no idea what I was talking about until someone else in the office overheard the conversation and explained. They were RIGHT BELOW the explosions, and someone in the office still missed it. You’re hardly alone.

  3. reasonable

    They were quite loud on Battery Park Ave but I didn’t see one person seem to notice.

  4. Bjorn

    @Crave Records – Commoners are first required to fill out an application & pay a fee of fifty dollars. However, if you want to be informed the same day of events there’s another fifty dollar fee.

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