Sale of Old BHS puts future of Blacksburg fireworks show in question

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Blacksburg's annual Independence Day fireworks show Tuesday could be the last in its current location.

That's because of the sale of the Old Blacksburg High School property.

While thousands will fill the hill at Blacksburg's Municipal Park along Patrick Henry Drive to watch the fireworks, the town fires them from the softball field on the old BHS property.

The Town of Blacksburg said the sale of the old Blacksburg High School building has not been finalized, so the property still belongs to the County, which has always allowed the Town to launch fireworks from there.

Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Director Dean Crane said, "This year we'll be shot from there, we have permission from Montgomery County to do that. Next year we'll deal with the owners who buy it and we'll see where it goes from there."

In March, Montgomery County sold the property to HS Development, LLC. for $3 million.

WDBJ7 was unable to talk with the company Monday, however in March one owner, David Hagan, said he would be open to discussing allowing the town to use the space if it asks.

But it will all come down to what is built there. Laws dictate fireworks need to be as far away from homes equal to how high they shoot in the sky, meaning 500 feet for the show the town pays $15,000 for.

Crane explained, "Next year we'll have to look at a variety of options, we do not have a plan for next year in cement because that's still our number one option. As we move forward, then we'll discuss options."

Festivities in Blacksburg begin Tuesday at 2:00 pm with a parade through downtown before moving to the park for a festival with live music.

The fireworks show starts at 9:30.

Crane said they're fully prepared for any rain.

The band may be cut off early, but the fireworks will go off without a hitch, rain or shine, this year.