The Sleepy Eye City Council gave the go-ahead for the Sleepy Eye Fire Department to proceed with the Fourth of July fireworks display Tuesday evening.
According to President of the Eagles Club, Tom "Spike" Schroepfer, Leon Steffl of the Sleepy Eye Fire Department has become a licensed pyrotechnician and will supervise the display by the Sleepy Eye Fire Department.
However, City Manager Mark Kober noted that due to state regulations, fireworks must be at least a 350 foot radius from any highways or spectators.
This state regulation was also imposed last year with the fire department moving the location of where the fireworks were discharged from and taping off all docks around Sportsman's Park 10 minutes prior to the show to make sure spectators are a safe distance away. Kober said this year the docks will be taped off one hour before the start of the show.
Also like last year, regulations require a process of how they are light to ensure the safety for not only the fireman, but also spectators.
Schroepfer said that new canisters are required to be built that will consist of a certain caliber of piping, a hard-core base and steel stakes.
"Things have changed quite a bit making the entire process safer than it used to be," Schroepfer said explaining that while many cities have already gone to digital displays, communities like Sleepy Eye who are still lighting fireworks by hand, regulations now require individual canisters that are staked to the ground with a long fuse.
The council also approve a $2,500 donation to the Sleepy Eye Eagles Club to help fund the fireworks display, which cost upwards of $5,500.
"This will help us a lot," Schroepfer said thanking the council. "The town is also outstanding with their donations."