Donation to fireworks show could make fireworks in City Hall

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Fourth of July fireworks could start a few days early this year.

On Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council could vote whether or not to give $10,000 to the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show.

The issue is whether a city, that may possibly have to lay off workers, can afford to contribute to a fireworks show.

City councilors discussed the matter at a committee meeting Monday.

Officials with Vulcan Park say it has been hard to get sponsors for this year's show and they would appreciate the city's support.

Some city councilors say spending that amount of money while cutting employee's pay may send the wrong message.

"All of us have to make sure we are responsible," says council member LaShunda Scales. "When we talk to citizens, they know if you can't afford your employees. That is 10,000 that you could have paid them as opposed to fireworks."

"The city gets back in tax revenue what they might invest in the show this year," says Vulcan Park Museum CEO and President Darlene Negrotto. "So we are hopeful they will consider that."

The Thunder on the Mountain show is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on July 4th.

Fireworks will explode in the sky over Vulcan.

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