During his presentation about illegal fireworks during the June 7 SKA meeting, Don Damron, the senior fire plans reviewer and inspector for the Sarasota County Fire Department, drew laughter when he told the audience about his term for the people who launch fireworks: shooters.
"It makes Scott Osborne a little uneasy," Damron
added with a chuckle.
also pointed out that the fireworks used for the big July Fourth show on Siesta are bigger than those used for the downtown show on the bayfront.
The fire code specifies that for every 1 inch of shell size, the launch area must be 75 feet from structures.
said, the shells shot off from City Island cannot be larger than 6 or 8 inches, while those on Siesta can be as big as 10 inches.
By the way, Damron
added, the July Fourth crowd on Siesta is always bigger if the holiday falls near a weekend.
estimated the crowd size in that case to be 100,000.
With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, Damron
said, the crowd should be much smaller.