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Hundreds flock to Blevins fireworks display

By Staff, 07/5/19 9:18 AM

BLEVINS – Hundreds gathered at Blevins Elementary School Thursday night for the 9th Annual Blevins Fire Department’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

As has been the tradition, members of the Blevins Volunteer Fire Department cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, served by volunteers, at no cost, though donations were accepted. Some 240 burgers and 160 hot dogs were grilled for the hungry crowd. The cafeteria was packed as people began arriving shortly after 6 p.m. to grab a bite to eat and find the best spot to watch the fireworks.

There was a firework show before the firework show as a resident was shooting off fireworks right around dusk. There was also a bit of excitement as a deputy with the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department was called to deal with problem children.

Early on there were questions about the display being held as there was lots of cloud cover and the threat of rain. While a few drops fell, it wasn’t enough to keep the show from going on. However, the fireworks were only set out one at a time, just in case the rains did come. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.

Tim Choate, Blevins Fire Chief, said they spent around $1,100 on the fireworks, but added they got them at a good discount. The crowd didn’t care once the first one was fired off and the sky blossomed with lights and colors.