The cancelation of Wednesday night’s fireworks at the Marion County Fair has led to some finger-pointing from organizers, trying to quell frustration from the public disappointed about missing out on the annual show. Keith Seckel, president of the Fair Board, said it was his intention for the the show to go on later in the evening but that the fire inspector shut it down. Seckel concedes that the stormy weather conditions made it unsafe to launch fireworks at 10:30 Wednesday night but that the show could’ve safely lit up the sky by 11:30. By then, though, Seckel says it was out of his hands
The fire inspector, Captain Mike Makowski, says he made the call to cancel the show to protect workers and the public; he says the weather conditions would’ve posed a serious danger had fireworks been launched. There will be no opportunity for the fireworks to be rescheduled this year at the fair because of other events already scheduled there through the end of this week. Although fireworks have been postponed in the past, organizers say they cannot recall a time that the fireworks have been canceled entirely - until now. Seckel said he wanted to apologize to the public for any misunderstandings.