Fireworks light up Townsend sky

Folks watch as fireworks light up the night sky in Townsend on July 4.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Folks watch as fireworks light up the night sky in Townsend on July 4.

Fireworks boomed through the air as adults and children gazed skyward on the evening of July 4 as the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Independence Day fireworks show.

Don Stallions chief of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department, said his personnel were happy with how the evening went. The fireworks were set off in the field just below Highland Manor Inn on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. The City of Townsend, BankEast and the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the event.

“It was great, everybody had a really good time. It was a good family event. I would say there was probably 1,500 to 2,000 people total,” Stallions said. “We have a lot of folks attending and people get up here around 6:30 p.m. getting their spot. A lot of people camp out for the weekend and come see the fireworks.”

Stallions said that while people come from outside Townsend to enjoy the fireworks, the event is always just the right size. “That’s what makes this event special. We always have a good sized crowd and we have a lot of fun,” he said. “There are a lot of kids playing Frisbee, football and badminton and doing face painting and eating hotdogs and having fun.”

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