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Thursday, December 20

First Night fun

First Night Fireworks may be going off after all. It's yet a possibility, but Saratoga Springs Police Chief Chris Cole said he has been working "literally around the clock" on coming up with a solution that can bring the popular fireworks back to usher in 2013 (presuming, of course, that we're all still here).

The fireworks were cancelled after the Public Safety Department expressed concerns over staffing for the event. The Police Department has fewer officers than anyone can remember (54 active officers). That means that splitting their time between keeping the New Year's Eve crowd under control (remember the stabbing last year?) and keeping people from experiencing the fireworks in a far too up-close-and-personal kind of way is not much of an option.

He said they've been talking to Saratoga Arts organizers who put First Night "coming up with a viable solution"  to bring the fireworks back, but that it is in their hands now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

any truth to rumor arts council was behind canceling fireworks because people got a free show?

December 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM 
Blogger Lucian said...

I hadn't heard that, but I would be inclined not to believe it. Too many moving parts to make that happen so perfectly. I wasn't contacted by Saratoga Arts about the fireworks, nor was Sonny Bonacio, who pulled the fireworks together.
But then, I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist.

December 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM 

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