CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Wilkes Fireman's Association sponsors the July 4 fireworks display at Memorial Park. It should have said the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association.
During their June 18 meeting, the Wilkes County commissioners approved issuance of permits for three fireworks displays.
Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds received the applications and presented them to the board.
Bounds said that if he receives additional fireworks permit applications, the commissioners could approve them at their July 2 meeting.
The commissioners approved issuing permits to:
• Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, for a fireworks display in the Mount Pleasant community on June 29. Bounds said this will be part of a “community day,” culminating a week of Bible school at the church. He said the display will be provided by Pyrotecnico Fireworks Inc., based in New Castle, Pa., with the Champion Fire Department on hand;
• Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association, for the annual fireworks display on July 4 at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park. This occurs after a parade with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles in the downtowns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro. Hale Artificier Inc., based in Lexington, will provide the display. The North Wilkesboro Fire Department will be on the scene. Along with the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association, this display is sponsored by the towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, the County of Wilkes and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot;
• Oakwoods Country Club, for a fireworks display on the Oakwoods Country Club Golf Course south of Wilkesboro on July 6. Newland-based Jayco Pyrotechnics will present the display. The Moravian Falls Fire Department will be on hand.
Bounds said that under state law, county commissioner approval of a permit is required for any fireworks display anywhere in a county.