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BOOm Bash to light the night skies

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Friday night lights will be a little different this week as BOOm Bash comes to Anna.  The Halloween fireworks show presented by the Anna Community Development Corporation will be visible throughout the city beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 23.

Slayter Creek Park will serve as the primary parking area for BOOm Bash at 8 p.m. OCT. 23.

This nighttime display is actually a make-up event for the Fourth of July festivities that were postponed this year due to COVID-19. 

The setup will be a little different from previous fireworks displays. Slayter Creek Park will serve as the primary parking area, with Anna Middle School providing back-up space. Residents will be encouraged to stay in their vehicles, and there will be no concessions or other related activities.

Anna fireworks are typically fired 300 feet in the air. This year the firing location has been changed slightly so that they can reach 500 feet.

“We feel like more people should be able to see them from their houses than ever before,” Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Hall said. “We don’t know how many people that is since this hasn’t been done before, but if you used to see them some from your home, they should be even higher this year.”

Since July, Hall and the Chamber have worked with the CDC and city staff to revamp the fireworks display and meet the requirements of the COVID era. Four potential locations in the city were identified.  Ultimately, organizers chose a spot and developed a plan which they believe will provide great entertainment while still keeping the public safe and properly distanced. 

“It did take extra work, but we feel like it’s going to be so worth it because we know that this is the most ideal situation where more people can view it without getting big crowds together,” Hall said.