Millbank Fireworks Show Causes Civic Explosion
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Written by Howard Dale Jr.   
Friday, 11 July 2014 19:18

MILLBANK – A controversy between two local organizations reached its flash point during the annual 4th of July Fireworks Show. Now, residents are left shaking their heads, trying to figure out if the town can ever heal from the burn.

“People come to fireworks shows for the sense of community. Everyone in one place, gazing at the majesty of the night sky. All that loud noise and explosive stuff is pretty tacky and actually detracts from the feeling of togetherness and pride in our country,” explains Emma Bartlett, a longstanding member of the Millbank Boosters Club.

Instead of the usual display of ring shells, shooting stars and booming dahlias, the Boosters Club opted to hold a 4th of July Candlelight Procession, during which residents could walk through Ottoman Park with small hand-dipped beeswax candles, all accompanied by the soft jazz stylings of Stu and the Millbank Magic. “Ottoman Park would never have been more beautiful and patriotic. We even had some of our local students carrying the American flag at the head of the procession. At the end of the vigil, we planned to sing “God Bless America” and then the Millbank town song, if we could find anyone who remembered that one.”

As it turned out, residents never had to try to remember the town song. Instead, emergency personnel were called to the scene, and the only music was the eerie call of sirens. “We are not the bad guys in all of this,” says Charlie Moon, 13. “It seemed like no one was going to celebrate the holiday, and so Millbank Young Engineers stepped up. It’s, like, our national duty.”

When asked what he thought about the proposed candlelight procession, Moon scoffed. “That looked more like a funeral than the 4th. People don’t want to sing jazz versions of “Bringing in the Sheaves” to celebrate their country’s independence. They want to see stuff blow up and that’s what we can give them.”

The Millbank Young Engineers had spent the last three months amassing an arsenal of exotic fireworks, some of which they invented themselves. “Multi-shot barrages, bombettes, comets, dark fire serpents, tourbillons,” said Sergio Iturribide, 14. “There probably wasn’t a collection of mild explosives like that anywhere else in the Tri-City area.”

When asked why the Young Engineers had so many fireworks, when it was planned that the Boosters Club would run the Independence Day program, Iturribide answered, “Well, you know, fireworks do come in handy for a number of occasions,” before walking away quite quickly from this reporter.

When the members of the Young Engineers began to send off their fireworks, they were on the outskirts of Ottoman Park, mere yards from the Candlelight Parade. “One of our bombettes went rogue,” explains Moon. “It was like we lit the fuse and then suddenly, the American flag was burning. You better believe that the Sons of Liberty were incensed about that.”

Kevin Mills of the Sons of Liberty did agree that he was pretty upset by what occurred during the 4th of July celebration. “If you ask me, both the Boosters and the Engineers have no business getting their fingers into the 4th of July celebration. They aren’t even fit for a minor holiday like Arbor Day. Next year, we are going to own this holiday.”

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 19:25

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