Aerial fireworks and a cannon shot will greet each home team score this fall at Wolverine Field following action approving the practice Tuesday night at the Riverton City Council. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Only one person made a comment during a public hearing Tuesday night on the topic of shooting off fireworks and a cannon at Wolverine Field this fall following Riverton High School touchdowns. That person was Jeremy Hill, the Fremont County School District #25 Activities Director.
Noting that the practice was initiated last year, Hill said the high school had not received any complaints. “If anything, we heard accolades because it brought a different thing to the stadium. A lot of people there enjoyed it,” he said.
Likewise, city staff could not remember receiving any complaints over the practice which involved shooting off one red aerial display after each Wolverine touchdown.
“We had some left after last year because we didn’t as many as we had hoped,” Hill said.”
This year the high school wanted to add a cannon shot after each score. “Doc” Holiday has the cannon and he’s done this at Shoshoni in the past. I believe they also use a cannon at Pavillion at their games,” he said.
Hill said the volume of the cannon can be adjusted by changing the amount of powder in the shot.
“I know that we are in a multi use area and we want to be respectful of our neighbors.”
In the council’s pre-meeting, Mary Ellen Christensen said she had received two calls from constituents in the area of the high school just hours before the meeting, but there was no one there for the public hearing except Hill.
Councilor Richard Gard made the motion to approve the practice, Eric Heiser seconded and the vote was unanimous.