Two new barges will replace ones previously used for Marquette fireworks

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Some slight changes will be taking place at this year's fireworks in Marquette, but it’s not anything too serious to ruin your plans.

Unfortunately, the committee wasn't able to use barges from the Army and National Guard. However, they did find two barges located here in the Upper Peninsula to replace the previous ones.

"Some people are used to seeing it shot off of a barge. If we didn't have the barge, we'd have to pull the shelves onto the Ore Dock, and it limits the size that we're able to use,” said Victoria Leonhardt, Fourth of July Committee Chair. “This will let us use the 8- and 10-inch mortars, which are the ones that people get real excited about. They're the giant booms for the harbor, so we're excited we'll be able to offer that again this year."

The committee currently is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure the barges are up to code and safe to use.

Once everything has been checked, they will put them in the water to see if they work.

In the meantime, the committee is planning a fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

More information on the event can be found

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