Idaho Falls Gears Up for Largest Fireworks Show in Western United States

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Updated: 7/01/2014 6:53 pm

An average of more than ten shells a second will go off
during the 30 minute Melaleuca  Freedom
Celebration Firework Show that more than double the population of Idaho Falls
every year.

With the influx of people, comes an increased risk of
something going wrong. Last year’s show was delayed after a man drowned while
attempting to swim to Kiefer Island in the river. During the delay, cellular
networks were bogged down and wireless communication became a challenge

This year emergency personnel will have a designated communication
channel. They’ll also have a new mini ambulance to help treat people.

“This gives us an opportunity to bring what’s essentially a
small emergency room to the patient, through the crowd and then it will have
the emergency warning devices to bring that patient out to be transported to
the hospital,” said Captain Eric Day of the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

Captain Day says this is their biggest event of the year and
the planning never really ends.

“The thought process has been active since last year’s event
and then really getting down to the brass tax over the last two weeks to fine
tune our plan and establish where our assets are going to be deployed,” said
Captain Day.

17,450 shells will be launched during this 30-minute show
which averages more than 10 shells per second. 
If there is an incident, the city of Idaho Falls will use social media to
help get the message out.  Of course you
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