New Year's Eve fireworks postponed in Wasilla

dkelly@adn.comDecember 31, 2013 

High winds in the Mat-Su Valley prompted the postponement of Wasilla's annual New Year's Eve fireworks show, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

The fireworks were planned for 8 p.m. in Wonderland Park but are rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4, "Mother Nature permitting," an email sent at 3:56 p.m. by the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce read. "Same time and place!"

This is the first time the show has been postponed since the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce began hosting the event eight years ago, said Lyn Carden, CEO of the chamber. Windy conditions created a "touchy" situation last year, but the show went on as planned, Carden said.

About 1 p.m. on Tuesday, show organizers and pyrotechnic crews began watching the weather. The decision to postpone was made about three hours later.

"It's a big safety issue," Carden said.

The National Weather Service is predicting winds Tuesday between 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

The Wasilla show, the largest in the Mat-Su Valley, usually draws between 3,000 to 5,000 people, Carden said.

In Palmer, officials cited the high winds in announcing a New Year's Eve ban on all open burning within city limits, including fireworks.

Reach Devin Kelly at dkelly@adn.com or 257-4314.

 

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