Jun 30, 2010 7:37 PM by Carolyn Cerda
Festivities are already underway in Erath for their 64th annual 4th of July Celebration. The town isn't just preparing for a festive weekend, they're also preparing for a safe one.
Downtown Erath has been transformed into all things red, white and blue. Carnival rides, food and drink vendors and tons of bands will fill the town through Sunday. But, the huge event will be Sunday night with a giant fireworks display. Officials say, this provides a safe alternative to amateur firworks use.
"Fireworks are shot professionally and with the fire marchal and the new fire codes... we have to have an area that is secured," 4th of July Association Member, John Leblanc said.
Fireman, Mark Hebert, says Erath and surrounding fire departments are actually increasing their staff this holiday weekend, because the chances of a fire sparking are at a higher risk.
"We do ask for the extra help incase, because you never know," Hebert said. "A few years ago we had a barn burn from fireworks that were being burned nearby... It caused havoc."
Hebert says it's best if families go out and enjoy the professional show. But, has advice for those that can't make it.
"If they do do it in the country, just be safe and just be aware of your surroundings."
But, Erath officials hope you choose the festival.
"We want people to come out and enjoy themselves and not have to worry," said Leblanc.
The festival hosts activities through Sunday. The fireworks display is scheduled for 9pm Sunday night.