June 5, 2008

Common sense takes over at Magic Mountain

It looks like everyone is jumping on the common sense drought band wagon. Maybe global climate change is good thing after all if it makes people start thinking. Of course we still have some people with a fireworks addiction (pyro) problem and they need to get their fix. Hopefully the excess Magic Mountain fireworks will not end up here in Lakewood!

Magic Mountain douses fireworks
• Six Flags ends nightly shows

By Tammy Marashlian
Signal Staff Writer
661-259-1234 x525

That's all, folks.

Six Flags Magic Mountain will no longer hold its nightly fireworks show - a fixture of the local night sky - due to brush fire concerns, a park official said Wednesday.

"Six Flags Magic Mountain, in the interest of the local community and the high brush fire conditions in the Santa Clarita Valley, will no longer be implementing summer fireworks," according to a statement from the Valencia theme park. "Six Flags regrets ending the summer fireworks tradition and asks guests and neighbors to understand and support the decision."

Six Flags Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said talks about ending the fireworks display began early in the year when the local area received minimal rains during the winter season.

She would not speculate on whether the fireworks display would return at some point later on.

The fireworks display, which gave park visitors a nightly show for years, was part of the "signature" finale parade held 30 minutes before the park closed for the night, Carpenter said.

Along with the halting of the fireworks show, Carpenter said the park is mindful of preventing brush fires.

"We do not have any debris on exterior roads or any debris next to buildings," she said, later adding, "All of our access roads are kept clear."

She noted that the park has internal fire measures and the fire hydrants are tested on a weekly basis.


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