Fireworks for Fourth up in the air
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Grand County is looking for a crew of eight pyrotechnicians to make Fourth of July fireworks in Moab a reality. 			          T-I file photo
Grand County is looking for a crew of eight pyrotechnicians to make Fourth of July fireworks in Moab a reality. T-I file photo
When a request by Grand County for proposals on a Fourth of July fireworks contract were sent out, zero proposals came back.

“The [company] that’s been providing the fireworks for the last several years has a gig in Blanding, I believe, at that same time for a lot more money … we’re not paying enough,” said Grand County Administrator Ruth Dillon. “We haven’t gone up in what we pay in eight years or so.”

The county scrambled and was able to find a fireworks provider, Vortex Fireworks, which would be able to make the fireworks show happen. The catch is that the county has to find a crew of eight pyrotechnicians.

“Assuming Vortex can get eight crew members, this is a go,” said Council Office Coordinator Bryony Hill.

There is $17,000 budgeted for fireworks and, at least for this year, the price will not go up. The county pays $7,000, the City of Moab pays $5,000 and the Recreation District pays $5,000, Hill said.

Crew members will be paid $10 an hour to work July 3 and 4. The county is putting flyers around town to recruit a crew.

“We need strong people [and] they need to be willing to work in the heat,” said Dillon.

Anyone interested in being part of the crew can contact Chuck Johnson of Vortex Fireworks at 801-580-6389.

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