Nelson fireworks delayed again

The fireworks display postponed on Canada Day won’t run on BC Day either.

Nelson's fireworks ceremony — originally scheduled for Canada Day — won't happen on BC Day either.

The fireworks display postponed on Canada Day won’t run on BC Day either.

Organizers from the Nelson Chamber of Commerce didn’t want to compete with long-standing events like the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival happening this weekend.

“We don’t want to offer a free event in the park when there’s already other events going on,” explained executive director Tom Thomson, noting he was hoping to have bands perform before the fireworks.

“We want to schedule bands to play from 6 to 10 p.m. to get people down to the park, then have the fireworks,” Thomson said.

“It would have been tough to pull together in time for BC Day. We need to schedule the performers, get the stage and sound equipment, and make sure there are firefighters available to set off the fireworks. All those things take time.”

He isn’t sure when the event will happen, but said it will be sometime before the end of the year.

“We’ll keep everyone posted,” Thomson said. “When we do schedule something, the announcement will be publicized through local media and our online sites.”

The Chamber fundraised $7,500 to buy the Canada Day fireworks. But a sudden torrential downpour in the afternoon of July 1 flooded the Lakeside Park playing fields where Nelson Fire Rescue had planned to launch the display.

Though the sky eventually cleared and music continued at the park, the fireworks had to be postponed.

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