Meridian Township Holds New Year's Eve Fireworks
For Dennis and Jennifer Tebedo, it was their first time bringing their young family to the Meridian Township fireworks show.
"They've got their jammies on and their blankets and pillows," said Jennifer Tebedo. "We're going to open the hatch and let them watch the fireworks out the back."
Interestingly enough, it was also Meridian Township's first time holding their fireworks on New Year's Eve.
"We were a little disappointed when we had to postpone the fireworks on July 4th, due to the burning ban in the township," said LuAnn Maisner, Director of Parks and Recreation.
A dry summer forced Meridian Township to cancel their yearly tradition, a show that draws around 15,000 people.
"We were looking for another opportunity to arise for us," said Maisner. "New Years Eve seemed like a great day for us."
As it turns out, the township was right. Thousands of people, including plenty of families, filled the parking lots of Meridian Mall and the Meridian Township offices to watch the 14 minute show.
With hundreds of shells to work with, the show took Roger Bonney and crew from Night Magic Displays all day to setup in the township's Central Park.
"We got here around 10:15 a.m. and unloaded in the order of the show," said Bonney.
After hours of checking fuses and getting all of the explosives in place, the show was ready to go. If the level of excitement when the fireworks went off was any indication, the show seemed to be a success.
"There's nothing that's more satisfying to me than to see families come out and enjoy themselves and feel a part of the community," said Maisner.