Fans try to beat the heat at The Cove, firework show goes on

Fans tried to beat the heat during Friday's Silver Hawks game before watching fireworks set off under the watchful eye of firefighters thanks to the dry conditions.

"It's hot. It definitely is hot. There's actually a nice breeze right now. We're standing close to the splash pad so we can get a little bit of the mist off of it to help cool us down," said Brittney Lightfoot.

Concessions conducted brisk sales of ice cream and refreshments as fans tried to stay cool. Many tried to sit in pockets of shade as the sun set.

"We opted out of sitting in our chairs because it's nice and shady over here and spend the day watching the fireworks. It's good for the kids and have a good time," said Ryan Briscoe as he sat in a grassy, but shady area.

Not all fans were willing to give up their seats to stay cool.

"I wouldn't give this seat up for nothing. We’re right here by first base, ready to catch some foul balls. I wouldn't trade this seat," said Linda Housand, who brought several bottles of water.

Many kids enjoyed the new splash pad to stay cool during the game.

After the last inning, the Silver Hawks set off their traditional Friday evening fireworks. The South Bend Fire Department kept a truck near where they were set off in case a stray ember started a fire.

Another worker was seen walking nearby with a canister to make sure the fireworks didn't set any grass on fire as they were ignited.

The burn bans for several counties do not appear to prohibit the use of fireworks, although state law prohibits their use until it gets closer to the Fourth of July.

“At this point, fireworks are still illegal until June 29th, it’s not permissible in the State of Indiana to use fireworks, so when we get to that point, our understanding is fireworks do not fall under our burn ban, but then we would have to look to take separate action if that’s the way we wanted to go,” said St. Joseph County Commissioner Andy Kostielney.


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