Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Council will explore options to 'put a charge' into other city celebrations.
Finding a way to fire off Rockville’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will depend on finding a new place to do it—and that’s where things get complicated, the city’s acting recreation and parks director told the City Council on Monday. The city announced July 2 that it was canceling its celebration. City officials cited public safety concerns as the city continued cleaning up from a powerful June 29 storm that left trees down and power out across the region. “There are barriers” to rescheduling, said Christine Henry, acting director of recreation and parks. “We did try to take them into consideration at the time [of the cancellation].” Montgomery College’s Rockville campus has paving and other projects that it must begin, and the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Gaithersburg will deliver "a mid-summer celebration" on July 13 that includes fireworks.
Gaithersburg will celebrate a bigger, belated version of the Fourth of July—on July 13 with an event called “Finally, Fireworks!” Rockville won't be doing the same, a city spokeswoman said late Thursday. "Part of the reason the decision to cancel was so hard was that we would not be able to reschedule," City Spokeswoman Marylou Berg said in response to an email question from Rockville Patch asking whether Rockville might follow Gaithersburg's lead. Rockville announced the cancellation of its Fourth of July festivities on Monday. Montgomery County and Gaithersburg did the same. Fireworks in Poolesville, Takoma Park and on the National Mall went on as scheduled. Dubbed “a midsummer celebration featuring live music, food, and spectacular …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
Want to capture those bright lights bursting in air? Here are some tips from Patch photographers.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Although capturing fireworks on a camera can be difficult, if you have the right equipment and your camera is switched to the correct settings, you should be able to get some fantastic images. Here are some tips from Patch photographer Edward Maurer. Equipment needed: Other tips from photographer Darren Rowse's website:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville remains only 24-hour center.
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville remains open as the county's only 24-hour cooling center. The school is at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. Residents should bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers and comfort items such as personal pillows. Due to decreased demand, the White Oak Community Recreation Center is no longer needed as a 24-hour center and will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the county said in a news release. It will reopen from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. About 86,000 Montgomery County homes remain without power following Friday’s storm, according to the release. While many county facilities are closed Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July, several will open as cooling centers: The Germantown Indoor …
With the county-sponsored fireworks displays canceled and cookouts made difficult due to continuing power outages, how will you celebrate the Fourth?
Grocery stores are low on food, kitchens are low on power and now Montgomery County has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks display. What’s an American to do when Independence Day celebrations are interrupted due to a freak storm that knocks the power out for millions of people? Here’s a list of some July 4 events that will take place: Let us know if your neighborhood community will host its annual festivities in the comments below. Poolesville and the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department will host a fire works display at the Hughes Road polo grounds. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Coolers, grills and alcohol will be prohibited, according to UMCVFD. Parking is available. The Takoma …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Decision follows cancellation of county displays in Wheaton and Germantown.
Following the county's lead, Rockville has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks display for Wednesday, City Spokeswoman Marylou Berg said in an email Monday evening. Rockville's annual Independence Day celebration was scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. The event was scheduled to culminate in a 20-minute fireworks display. Montgomery County announced earlier Monday evening that county-sponsored fireworks planned for Kensington and Germantown were canceled. Gaithersburg also canceled its fireworks plans. Takoma Park's fireworks will go on as scheduled. Click here for details. The decisions come in the wake of Friday's strong storm, which toppled trees and led to widespread power outages that persist across …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Whether you're watching the fireworks in DC on the National Mall or sitting in your backyard hosting a barbecue, follow these tips from the ASPCA to keep your pet safe.
Summer weather is the perfect time for backyard barbecues, outdoor festivals and Fourth of July fireworks shows. But when you’re heading to the National Mall for the fireworks display or enjoying other summertime festivities, it may be best to leave the pets at home. Check out some safety tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Keep alcohol out of reach There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day…. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of your pets. If ingested, it could cause pets to become severely depressed, go into a coma and in extreme cases, have respiratory failure. Read your sunscreen and insect repellent labels Insects will likely be buzzing around your pets when they’re outside. But as…
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Gazette reports Glenn Neff, 28, of Florida, found building the device in Cabin John Regional Park last year, has pleaded guilty to possession of a destructive device.
A man who said he planned to shoot fireworks on the National Mall from a device mounted on his Jeep pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a destructive device, the Gazette reported this week. Glenn Neff, 28, of Florida, was arrested last August in the Cabin John Regional Park after a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer discovered him building the device on his Jeep, which was capable of shooting fireworks horizontally. Police said they discovered a significant amount of fireworks in the vehicle. Neff told authorities he didn't intend to harm anyone, but Park Police said the device had the potential to cause serious harm. Neff hoped to be arrested in order to gain publicity for a “new system of mass transportation” he outlined in…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Man who planned to ignite fireworks from a device mounted on his Jeep said he didn't want to hurt anyone, according to authorities.
Update, 12 p.m.: A spokesman for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office tells Patch a bond review hearing for Neff will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville. Charging documents weren't immediately available. Update, 8:45 a.m.: Neff has been charged with three felonies, including possession of a destructive device, transport of a destructive device and manufacture of a destructive device, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Neff has also been charged with five counts of CDS paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of fireworks, along with a civil charge of use of a …