West Fargo residents unhappy with disruptive fireworks
FARGO—Friday is the last night of the spectacular fireworks shows at the West Fargo fairgrounds.
If you take in the event, they're majestic. The best fireworks professionals in the country trying to top each other.
But if you turn in early, it's a nightmare. Authorities have taken more than 30 calls because the fireworks shows go well into the night.
The PGI Convention is gearing up for it's last show.
And people here say they try their best to keep the loudest, and largest fireworks at the top of their show before it gets too dark.
Clean-up is still underway from last night's show, that ended after midnight, along with prep for Friday's big finale.
"It's an exciting thing for us and we only meet yearly. And we all show up together," said Dan Creagon of the PGI Convention.
Others who live in these nearby neighborhoods are prepping something else, a round of disruption.
"There are some loud bangs. You get startled. It will rattle picture frames, you will feel it in your body," said Melissa Scarski, a West Fargo resident.
For Melissa Scarski and her daughter they've learned to enjoy it.
But she knows others can't stand to live right underneath the lights and the sounds.
"I know our neighbor is a vet so they go out of town, kind of plan around it. It kind of comes with the terrority," said Scarksi.
Others, who wouldn't go on camera, say it's been 'terrible',saying the shows just last too long.
One woman told me she dreaded the show coming back for yet another year.
But hobbyists who make the PGI shows happen say they're trying to keep their fun somewhat to themselves.
"We completely understand that some people will be somewhat inconvenienced. It isn't our intent to keep people up all night long is what it comes down," said Creagon.
Even though the convention can legally set off until 1 a.m., they set up 'less disruptive fireworks' to let people sleep.
"There's the occasional big thump that you would hear, which we regulate so that we don't do it too late. It is just a family entertainment," said Creagon.
And that's how Melissa has found the silver-lining. By going outside and enjoying the fireworks with her family.
"I think it's more exciting. For the short time that it's here, it's worth it.
For a show whose future at the Red River Valley fairgrounds is in question.
The Convention has one more set of shows Friday.
They say it brings $4 million to the local economy here in the valley.