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Lexington Fireworks Show Moving After Widely Panned 2018 Display

Lexington’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is moving venues, returning to one of its previous homes.

City officials hope to rebound after a widely panned fireworks display last year by shifting the launch site back to the downtown R.J. Corman Railroad Co. property off Oliver Lewis Way. 

"This is a great location for these fireworks," Mayor Linda Gorton says. "They can be big. Fireworks that come off of the top of buildings can't be as big and I think that our citizens are going to love it."

Last year’s show, set off from the top of the Lexington Financial Center, led to so much grumbling that the city produced an internal report recommending the home base be moved either to the University of Kentucky Arboretum or elsewhere.

Gorton says she's confident the city has done its due diligence in staking out a new location.

"It's a pretty tight process to figure out whether it's going to be safe and whether it's the right place, and we've done all that," she adds. 

The city is sticking with fireworks company Zambelli.

The 2018 show cost around $20,000.

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Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now known as Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and Program Director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.