Fire in the Sky

Cranberry’s Fireworks Festivities

By HANNAH NIEDERRITER, Student Contributor

While Cranberry’s 12th annual Fireworks Spectacular started off with severe storms and flood warnings, the actual event turned out quite nicely.

However, due to the heavy precipitation, the number of attendees lowered for the July 2 show. I don’t mind rain, but thunder and lightning storms are on a completely different level. If the harsh weather continued up until when my family was going to depart, I wouldn’t have risked my safety to go. Fortunately, the storms eased for a clear showing of the fireworks.

By the time I arrived, the sky was displaying vibrant hues of yellow, orange, and red. Purple-tinted clouds lined the horizon as well. Off to the side, where the showers were retreating, a rainbow was visible. I couldn’t help but be entranced by the stunning view.

Despite the previous downpour, music was still playing on large speakers. Companies were offering a multitude of snacks and refreshments, and people were laughing while setting off smaller fireworks. It was as if the poor weather never occurred in the first place.

Eventually, as people settled into their viewing spots, the fireworks commenced. Luminous splashes of red, green, blue, white, and gold detonated in the sky. I was struck with awe at the dazzling display. A grin graced my face as several minutes of the pyrotechnics passed by.

As the show grew close to the conclusion, the grand finale begun. The amount of colorful bursts drastically increased and left the audience wonderstruck. Loud booms echoed in the ears of every attendee. Many videos were recorded and a variety of pictures were taken. All was well, at least, until the show ended and the dreaded traffic appeared.

This spectacular showing of fireworks lived up to my expectations. I’ll gladly return next year along with my friends, family, and other acquaintances… as long as the weather permits.

Hannah Niederriter is a 9th-grade student at Cranberry High School and a member of the school’s journalism/publications group.