High water could make for a smaller Burlington fireworks display

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Vermont’s biggest fireworks celebration could be somewhat smaller this year.

The event at Burlington’s Waterfront Park is July 3, just 15 days away. But crews in charge of the display are worried about high water on Lake Champlain. Unless levels drop, they won’t be able to fire off the show’s ground-level effects from the breakwall.

“This year with all the rain we’ve had obviously anyone who has been down at the waterfront recently has noticed that there really is no breakwall,” said Tom Swenson, of Northstar Fireworks.

Lake Champlain was above flood stage for much of the spring. As of Tuesday, water levels have receded, falling to 98.46″, just a few inches shy of ideal, Swenson said.

But, if the levels don’t drop to at least 97 feet in the next two weeks, Northstar won’t be able to set up on the breakwall.

“We won’t be able to do the water show, which is the reason everyone really comes down to the waterfront,” he says.

Swenson say they’re monitoring the situation closely, but may be forced to rely solely on the Lake Champlain Transportation barge this year.

Either way, Swenson is confident the annual Waterfront fireworks show will still be the best in the state.

“Even if we do have to go on to the barge it still will be a really nice show, more of an aerial type show, more things up in the air. We got some really new colors this year, some really cool effects in the shells those are the higher ones up, and the ever so favorite smiley faces and pattern shells,” said Swenson.

Local 44 News will live stream the 3rd of July fireworks display at mychamplainvalley.com.

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