Officials watching river levels for Newburgh's fireworks show - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Officials watching river levels for Newburgh's fireworks show

NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) -

Officials planning the fireworks show in Newburgh have been checking the level of the Ohio River.

The fireworks are setup on the boat ramp at the Old Lock and Dam, but officials say the river is up about six feet, flooding a good portion of the ramp. 

The firework supplier, police chief and fire chief took a look to decide where the fireworks will now have to be placed to maintain a safe zone for visitors. Officials say they've made a few adjustments and will shoot the fireworks off toward the west.

 As long as the weather cooperates, organizers say the show will go on.

"Our Assistant Fire Chief Matt Timmel has had really good constant contact with the folks down at the New Lock and Dam, and right now, the river is at 24.9 feet. We expect it to stay that way tomorrow and we don't expect to see any rise until Saturday. That allows us to be able to put the fireworks off and have everyone enjoy the show tomorrow evening," Newburgh Town Manager Lori Buehlman said.

Festivities, including food booths and entertainment, will start in Thursday afternoon with the fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.

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