Person likely permanently injured after launching illegal firework in Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. – One person’s life will likely never be the same after launching an illegal firework in Roanoke on Wednesday. On July 15, Roanoke Fire-EMS crews responded to a call for a traumatic injury and arrived to find a person who they said had sustained a significant injury from improperly using an illegal firework. The injury will likely result in permanent disfigurement to the patient’s injured extremities, according to Roanoke-Fire EMS. The City of Roanoke E-911 Center has recorded 91 calls for fireworks since July 5. In Virginia, it is illegal to possess, use, store, sell, or handle any firework that explodes, rises into the air, travels laterally, or fires projectiles into the air.
Heating up with the chance of Mother Nature’s fireworks staying low this Independence Day
Our hottest region today appears to be Southside with highs around 95 degrees. The New River Valley and Highlands will be a touch cooler with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Independence Day planner (WSLS)We expect mostly sunny skies for the holiday and rain chances appear low at just 20 percent. I can’t completely rule out storms around fireworks time, but the risk appears pretty low. We’ll also get a little relief from the heat tomorrow as highs peak in the mid to upper 80s, seasonable for this time of year.
40+ containers of illegal fireworks seized as two men arrested in Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. – Authorities charged two men Thursday after seizing more than 40 containers of illegal fireworks in Roanoke, according to the Roanoke Fire Marshal’s Office. The Office received a complaint of the sale of illegal fireworks earlier this week and after an investigation, in coordination with police, officials said they witnessed two men selling illegal fireworks. When officials searched their vehicle, they found the containers of illegal fireworks. Mark Burnette, 65, of Salem, was charged with possession of illegal fireworks and sale of fireworks without a permit. Roy Abbott, 45, of Roanoke, was charged with possession of illegal fireworks.
Not just fireworks! What’s happening in space this 4th of July weekend?
ROANOKE, Va. – While many fireworks displays have been canceled, there may be a few other things that catch your eye this holiday weekend! The full ‘Buck’ moon rises on the 4th, and it does so in conjunction with a few friends. Penumbral eclipse to occur this weekendThe last thing is something you won’t see. This is called ‘aphelion,' or the farthest point away from the sun in Earth’s annual orbit. Aphelion takes place this 4th of July weekendThis further proves that our seasons on Earth aren’t dictated by our distance from the sun, but rather the angle of the sun.
Smith Mountain Lake fireworks postponed due to coronavirus
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. – Another fireworks show will not be happening this 4th of July weekend. The Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and Parkway Marina have decided to postpone the 2020 Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks and Fire Company Fundraiser. The decision was citing uncertainties of future coronavirus requirements. All hope is not lost for a fireworks display this year, other options are being considered and more information will be released in due time. For the fire company, this event is its biggest fundraising event and it’s asking people who are able to donate to their cause.
Roanoke sees an increase in firework complaints
ROANOKE, Va. – What is going on with the nonstop fireworks, every single night? Roanoke received over 100 firework complaint calls over the weekend. “In Virginia, fireworks that explode or move horizontally or vertically are illegal.”“You can’t have fireworks that launch into the air, go side-to-side or that explode,” explained Roanoke Fire Marshal David Guynn. “Most of the fireworks that we’re hearing complaints about fall into that category of being an illegal firework.”If charged, you could face a fine of up to $2,500 or even face jail time. So far, no one has been charged and no one has been injured.
Narrows moves ahead with 4th of July fireworks
Narrows, Va. – Fireworks are on in Narrows this Fourth of July. The towns firework committee announced the “drive-in” show this week. The Independence Day show kicks off at 9:45 p.m. According to the committee, the best viewing locations are:Most of the high school hill areaNHS parking lotAll businesses along 460 ( please note it is illegal to park in the median )Farmers Market - Center StreetDuck Pond - Mill Pond FieldDue to the global coronavirus pandemic, you are asked to stay around your car to prevent large gatherings and the spread of the virus. The show is put together on behalf of Narrows Parks & Recreation and Narrows Firework committee.
Blacksburg, Christiansburg will still launch fireworks this Fourth of July
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – While many locations have decided to not launch fireworks this Fourth of July, that’s not the case in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Christiansburg detailsIn Christiansburg, the fireworks show will begin at about 9:15 p.m. from a property off Peppers Ferry Road. Blacksburg detailsBlacksburg’s fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. from the old Blacksburg High School property on Patrick Henry Drive. If it does rain, fireworks will not be rescheduled. Anyone in either town who is planning to watch fireworks from their car is encouraged to stay in their vehicles during the show.
Vinton cancels annual July 4 fireworks
VINTON, Va. – If you’re looking ahead to Independence Day celebrations, you won’t be catching fireworks in Vinton. Town officials announced Tuesday night they are canceling the annual July 4 fireworks display, as well as all other planned activities and entertainment for the town’s Independence Day Celebration. Officials said the move is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Vinton is also not granting any permits for street closures or stage rentals for events, concerts and festivals during June. Town officials said they look forward to hosting the July 4 fireworks again in 2021.
Memorial Day fireworks will happen this year
COVINGTON, Va. – Covington will have Memorial Day fireworks this year on Saturday, May 23rd, around 9:30 p.m. according to the Covington Parks and Recreation facebook page. The local summer kick off has been a community favorite for several years now. “We have been able to enjoy music, jolly jumps, ball tournaments, good food, corn-hole, fellowship with friends, and a fantastic fireworks show. Due to our current Covid-19 situation, we are not going to be able to kick off our summer as we have been accustomed too. “You most likely can enjoy the show from the front seat of your car,” said the post.
Fireworks from Chiefs fans’ Super Bowl celebrations detected on radar
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense erupted for 21 points in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LIV, fans erupted in their own way. Following the 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, fireworks lit up the sky in parts of Kansas City. The National Weather Service in Kansas City posted to social media that fireworks celebrations were being detected on weather radar. 🎉🎇🎆🏈 Posted by US National Weather Service Kansas City Missouri on Sunday, February 2, 2020We oftentimes see birds, bugs, smoke, etc.