Fireworks show in KCK canceled this year, breaking long tradition

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — People who for years have attended the fireworks show at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kan., will have to find a new way to celebrate Independence Day 2015.

Earlier in the year, the company that for a decade or more has supplied the explosives and put on the show closed for business.

Camellia White, Executive Director of the Turner Recreation Commission, said the company told them that the cost of doing business had dramatically increased over the years, as had the number of regulations and licenses they had to obtain.

Since then, White said they’ve been trying to find a new company to execute the show, but all were booked.

They hope to find a new company in time to resume the tradition in 2016.

White said she has attended the event for more than 15 years; and worked the display for 11 years, and understands the disappointment to the approximately 5,000 guests that attend each year.

For a list of other KC metro-area fireworks shows, click here.

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