Fireworks show at ESU thrills thousands Featured

Residents from Emporia and surrounding communities enjoyed a roughly 30-minute fireworks show put on by the Flint Hills Optimists at Emporia State University on Wednesday. Residents from Emporia and surrounding communities enjoyed a roughly 30-minute fireworks show put on by the Flint Hills Optimists at Emporia State University on Wednesday. Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

Red, white and boom.

Thousands gathered in and outside of Emporia State's Welch Stadium for the best views of Emporia's fireworks display just north of the campus Wednesday night. It's become a staple on the Fourth of July for Emporians like Steve Quandt who was there celebrating with family. For him, the show serves as a reminder of the sacrifices of our veterans throughout the country's history.

Flint Hills Optimist member Bernie Toso says the show went smoothly. He's glad the community enjoys the fireworks display every year.

Tailgate areas north of Welch Stadium began filling up quickly around 7 pm, and there was a good crowd at Welch for the show, which went around 30 minutes. The show typically goes as long as 40 minutes, but Optimists members went with a shorter, more power-packed show with the Fourth falling on a Wednesday.

The fireworks display was paid for by licensing fees from fireworks sales within the Emporia city limits.

Thursday is the final day for the discharge of fireworks in Emporia city limits. The discharge window is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photos by Brandon Peoples and Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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