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July 3, 2013

Rural Claremore family’s July 4th traditions include fireworks, food



Now entering its 28th year, the family tradition is going stronger than ever, with more than 100 friends and family expected to converge on the Scotts country home, as much for the fellowship as the fireworks.
“We’ve got family coming in — that we know of — from all across the state, as well as some from Illinois, Kentucky and Texas,” Chuck Scott said. “We’ve got a few ‘maybes’ that might be able to make it from Indiana and Washington — we’re hoping they can make it.”
As with the attendance, the fireworks show grew exponentially, and what started as a brief 20 minutes of firecrackers and fountains has now grown to into a full-blown hour-and-a-half of carefully choreographed pyrotechnics.
“(Son) Doug spends the week before the get-together unwrapping everything, checking all the fuses, deciding how he wants to present the show — he puts a lot of thought and work into it,” LeAnn Scott said. “Chuck passed the torch to him, so to speak, a few years ago, and now he handles most of the lighting duties, which he takes very seriously.”
In nearly 30 years of fireworking, Scott says there’s only been one accident — a faulty rocket which, instead of heading straight upward, veered off and shot sideways, starting a quickly-extinguished small grassfire in a nearby field.
“In almost 30 years, that was the only near-miss I guess you’d call it, and even that had nothing to do with human error, it had to do with the firework itself. There’s never been a mishap that had anything to do with the people — we still have all our fingers,” he laughed. “Everything here is done with adult supervision — even the more ‘safe’ fireworks, like the sparklers and the smoke bombs. We only allow the kids to do them with an adult overseeing things. My grandson used to say he’d come over to Pawpaw’s house on the Fourth for ‘food, fireworks and f’wimmin’ (swimming).”

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