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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • City gives $3,000 for Oilworker Monument fireworks show

  • Noerr wants to see even bigger explosions this year. Chamber will see what they can do
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  • The city is pitching in $3,000 to help pay for the 2014 Taft Chamber of Commerce Fireworks show.
    The donation – an increase of $500 from what was requested – came last week with one stipulation:
    Councilman Dave Noerr wants more bang for the taxpayer's buck.
    An enthusiastic fan of fireworks, Noerr said he'd like to see even bigger shells fired in this year's celebration.
    Noerr asked for fireworks from 6-inch diameter mortars, two inches larger that the biggest used last year.
    Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin said she would see what she could do but wouldn't make any guarantees.
    Chamber events coordinator Shannon Jones said she would be checking with the pyrotechnics firm to see if that would be possible. Last year's show used 4-inch mortars for the largest bursts.
    Noerr, who also makes a big private donation of his own, said he's looking forward to a second year of fireworks exploding in the night sky over the Oilworker Monument.
    The firework show as moved to the vacant area along rails to Trails between Sixth and Tenth Streets last year and was a huge success.
    The fireworks show will be held on Friday, July 4.
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