Oroville fireworks show to go on, how are they keeping risks to a minimum

The first time in its history, the Oroville fireworks display will be held from the Oroville Airport. It's not the only firsts either.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 7:32 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The first time in its history, the Oroville fireworks display will be held from the Oroville Airport. It's not the only firsts either.

"The levelness of everything out here, if you live anywhere near Thermalito, there's a very good chance you'll be able to see the display very well," said Oroville Fireworks Committee Coordinator Dave Pittman.

Large gatherings are still prohibited by the state of California.

"We respect the health department guidelines of distancing park away from each other," said Pittman. "We kind of call this a big tailgate party, which might be what we end up doing here."

On the bottom right-hand corner of the fireworks show flyer, there is a reminder for show-goers to 'Please use social distance... similar to a drive-in theater performance'.

But coronavirus isn't the only risk in the middle of summer.

"The fire department along with El Medio Fire department and Cal Fire burned approximately 170 acres around the airport area," said Oroville Battalion Fire Chief Rob Buckhout. "We had bulldozers go out and they basically laid a 5-lane wide fire break around the entire property as well."

The Oroville Fire Department will be on duty patrolling the area during the firework show.

"So we have developed an incident action plan specifically for the fireworks event out by the airport. We will be in unified Command with Cal Fire. I believe at this point there will be 6 engines going to be assigned in the area," said Buckhout.

But that's not the only thing that's going to be different this year.

"Because we received additional funding there will be additional fireworks," said Pittman. "Especially during the finale, we will have fireworks that have never been set off in Northern California before."

The fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9 PM, July 4.

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