Fireworks display holds crowd in awe

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Last updated 07:49 06/11/2013
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RIVERSIDE TREAT: People gather to watch a fireworks display from Anzac Park in Palmerston North.

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Ooohs and aaahs of appreciation echoed along the Manawatu River stopbanks as Palmerston North people turned their eyes to the skies for a super-sized fireworks show this Guy Fawkes night.

Crowds flocked riverside last night to watch the city's first go at hosting the Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular.

The annual event was held at Manfeild Park until a funding feud between Feilding Promotion and the Manawatu District Council put the lights out last year.

But the Kairanga Lions Club, alongside Destination Manawatu and several businesses, rallied to bring the show to Palmerston North's Te Motu O Poutoa, or Anzac Park, for free.

Last night's flawless forecast had more than 15 minutes of fireworks illuminating the city's skyline.

Among the crowd was Maurice McFarlane and his partner, Gail Cushing. Mr McFarlane said the event was a positive way of bringing the community together.

Harley Hyslop, who came with his sons, Kadyn, 3, and Ihaka, 7, said it was a nice way to spend time with the family.

Meanwhile, problems with fireworks were keeping Palmerston North emergency services busy.

Sergeant Andy Brooke said there were a couple of callouts for people firing fireworks at passing cars last night.

Palmerston North station officer Ian King said a fire engine was called to Milverton Park after a box of fireworks was set alight with cans of petrol and aerosols and left unattended.

Senior Sergeant Brett Calkin said problems with fireworks started as soon as they went on sale every year, and this year was no exception. There was "just a handful of idiots".

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- Manawatu Standard

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