Mount Shasta fireworks finale 'should shake the earth'

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mount Shasta's 2016 Fourth of July Fireworks show is scheduled for July 4 beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. over Lake Siskiyou. File photo

Pyrotechnician Tom Haistings says the plan for the 2016 Fourth of July fireworks show over Lake Siskiyou is to “start big and finish bigger than ever.”

Approximately 1,400 shells are scheduled to be launched from the north shore of the lake in a fast-moving show starting at approximately 9:45 the night of July 4.

Haistings says the show will have “a special twist at the end, a punctuation mark from the ground to 800 feet – something we haven’t done in the past. The last shot should shake the earth.”

Popular viewing areas include Mount Shasta Resort, which opens its driving range from 5 to 10 p.m. for customer appreciation night, and Reynolds Resort-Lake Siskiyou Campgrounds.

Both resorts make “great contributions” to the fireworks show, which only happens because of donations.

Haistings said the show will feature high definition color and more figures, patterns and shapes than in past years – at least that’s the plan. “You never know if you’ll see the pattern or not,” he said. “It depends on where you see it from. It can be like throwing a knuckleball into the sky.”

For the third year, Crystal Geyser of Mount Shasta “really stepped up,” according to Haistings. Their $3,000 donation was one-tenth of the fireworks show budget. “They’re the primary reason we’re able to plan the show,” Haistings. “We really appreciate it.”

Another contributor that helped this year was Solano’s Alpine Hardware which collected funds for the show with a “round up” program at the register.

Haistings said “a lot of people doing a lot of thankless work” are involved in the fireworks show effort.

A volunteer committee of six people does the planning, then another volunteer crew shows up on the 4th, coming from Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir and even the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s an experienced crew, Haistings said. “We have an unblemished safety record, and we’re proud of that record and plan to keep it. I appreciate the pyrotechnic crew.”

He said Lake Siskiyou’s North Shore Road will be closed all day July 4th to make sure fire trucks can get in and out. It’s also requested that people keep their distance from the launching area, and Haistings said the Sheriff’s Department will help with that effort.

With lake levels up this year, Haistings said the fireworks crew will have “less real estate” on which to do its work.”

He thanked Vern Swenson, who has been donating water trucks for the fireworks shows “for as long as I’ve known,” said Haistings. “He’s a great supporter.”

Corporate sponsors listed on the mtshastafireworks.com website, include Crystal Geyser, Mt. Shasta Resort, Reynold Resort-Lake Siskiyou Campgrounds, Ray-Mac Mechanical, Solano’s Alpine Hardware, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Mt. Shasta, PacifiCorp, A Cut Above Tree Service, Inc., Cross Petroleum, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, Mountain Counties Supply-Lake Street Spirit, Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware, Mountain Runners, Mt. Shasta Super Market, Scott Valley Bank, Jon Thomas Fine Jewelry, Berryvale Grocery, and Tom Driscoll, Mike Quinn, Reece and Katie Miller, Tom and Mary Alice Haistings, Wholesale Solar, Best Western Tree House, Shasta Brown, Inc., Mt. Shasta KOA Campground, Sports & Spirits, Timberworks, Point S Tire and Automotive, Don Erickson Oil, Say Cheese Pizza, Deetz Secure Storage, Chitwood Energy Management, David Cooper, Lilys Restaurant, Mark Clure, Mt. Shasta Shell, Vern Swenson, Schlumpberger Engineering, and M&T Lumber.