Church pays private fee to set off fireworks

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A delay in the Girard Mt. Carmel Festival fireworks show last week was because of a conflict between a property owner and festival organizers.

Rick Glass owns multiple acres of property near the launching point for the fireworks display. On the night of the event, he was holding a party on his land that was in the blasting radius.

After refusing to move the party, Glass had a document ready that would allow the festival to lease his land to shoot the fireworks for a fee of $5,000. The festival paid the fee in cash.

“People have to understand they are not going to take this away from us,” said Renee Ragozzine. “We will have a festival, and we will shoot fireworks. We will figure something out.”

Ragozzine apologized for those who had to wait for the fireworks to go off. Glass refused to speak on camera but told WKBN he received money after the dispute.

“Twenty years and we have never, ever had an issue with anyone that lives down there. After we paid him, he and his family slid back and watched our fireworks,” said Ragozzine.

Glass said he is donating the $5,000 to “Team Alex” to benefit Alex Sudol, 18, of McDonald who recently had a baby and is battling lymphoma.

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