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Allen supervisors deny request for 5-hour fireworks show

At the Sept. 22 Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors were hesitant to approve a fireworks consumer and display request by Lappawinzo Fish and Game Protective Association Inc. and Northern Lights Pyrotechnic Club for a five-hour fireworks show, planned for October.

Board members recalled a similar event in October 2018 that consisted of a 12-hour-long continuous firework display.

It was reported the township received many complaints, both from township residents and the surrounding area.

It was because of that incident the board amended the code of ordinances to include provisions in both the nuisance and the fire prevention chapters to limit displays to an hour in duration.

Brett Holden, a licensed pyrotechnic, argued the nonprofit organization has been around for 13 years. The staff travels around the country doing both charitable events and providing fireworks displays for charitable events.

Holden stated the event would be much shorter than the 2018 program and told the board it would likely draw 80-100 people who would stay in local hotels, utilize food service at the gun club and overall be a financial benefit to the community.

The board was not in agreement and denied the request to extend hours beyond the ordinance. The club was still permitted to set off fireworks for a one-hour time period under the township ordinances.