For the third consecutive year, the Buckeye Lake BLASST fireworks show is canceled.
According to Licking County EMA Director Sean Grady, several public safety agencies met with the show’s planning committee, and all agreed that putting on the show would pose a safety risk due to the ongoing dam construction.
According to Grady, the decision was made because the top of Buckeye Lake’s dam remains off-limits, the north bank remains under construction and parking would be extremely limited.
Buckeye Lake BLASST historically draws thousands to the area, and some nearby businesses have said they will likely see an impact from this year’s cancellation.
“We lose our biggest holiday of the year,” said Rich Hennosy, owner of the Buckeye Lake Brewery. “We will probably be down between 30 and 50 percent by not having the fireworks.”
Kevin Gorham, the general manager of the nearby Pizza Cottage, also said his business may be impacted.
“The fireworks, regardless of whether it’s a Monday or a Friday, has always been the single busiest day in this restaurant, the whole year,” he said.
Both Gorham and Hennosy said they are understanding of why the fireworks show was canceled, and they are hopeful it will return next year.
“It’s just a fun, fun atmosphere,” said Gorham.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, construction on the new dam is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
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