WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Halloween night, October 31, will be a busy day in and around the Mingo and Pike County areas.
Excitement will fill the air as kids prepare to dress up and collect their treats, business owners, church groups and residents will gear up to hand out candy and parents will be preparing to spend the evening doing a lot of walking.
While all of this is going on Lt. Stephen Casey of the Williamson Fire Department (WFD) and his crew will be setting up racks, double checking fuses and making sure the perimeter around the Williamson Fieldhouse is secure for that night’s fireworks show.
Several months ago WFD Chief Joey Carey approached the Williamson City Council and the Williamson Park Board regarding the possible of having a fireworks show after the events at the Fieldhouse had ended.
Chief Carey told the council “We want to bring back some of the traditions the city use to have and years ago the city did a fireworks display.”
Lt. Casey, a licensed pyrotechnic technician since 2006 works for Extreme Pyrotechnics, a company from Texas, has hand selected every product that will be used in the show with colors of purple, orange and green filling the sky.
“I want the sky filled with color at all times during the show,” said Lt. Casey.
Lt. Casey also shared Chief Carey’s sentiment of wanting to bring traditions back to the city and went on to add the department had been tossing around the idea for quite some time before the council and the park board was approached.
Lt. Casey said, “It has been a struggle to come up with the funds for the display and we would like to thank the private individuals and local downtown businesses who have donated.
The fireworks will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31, the Regional Manager for Extreme Pyrotechnics, Dave Kelly of Hurricane, W.Va. will be outside the perimeter set up for the fireworks display giving out candy from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lt. Casey wants to remind anyone coming to the show to bring a lawn chair or blanket, because the bleachers around the field will not be available for seating.
All events going on at the Williamson Fieldhouse are free to the public.
The WFD will be holding a roadblock on Friday, October 28 to garner funds.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.