The reason why the city of Pampa has canceled their fireworks show isn't the obvious one. It's actually all based on technicalities and red tape.

According to a post on social media, the city of Pampa hires a third party to come in and do their fireworks show. Unfortunately that company isn't able to send out a pyrotechnic engineer due to a medical emergency.

This is where it gets tricky, and I learned a little bit about what it takes to put on a fireworks show.

In the social media post, the city of Pampa states that the company that has been hired to do the show has to file for a permit from the state. Unfortunately, with the timing of everything, they aren't going to be able to get a new permit in time.

I always just assumed cities just bought massive fireworks from a "big giant fireworks" retailer and put on a show, usually with an assist from the local fire department. I was blissfully unaware of the red tape involved in putting on a fireworks show.

The city of Pampa did mention in their social media post regarding the matter that they and the company they hired are going to be putting on a bigger, better show next year.

Hopefully all of the rain and storms we're expecting this weekend will hold off so that we don't see more of this happening. I know that a lot of places have put a lot of time and effort into their firework shows this year, seeing as how we didn't get much of one last year.

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