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Some neighbors not happy with Dorney Park's fireworks plan

Published On: May 16 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 04:45:30 AM CDT

Dorney Park wants to give customers more bang for their buck this summer.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

Dorney Park wants to give customers more bang for their buck this summer.

Park management is trying to have a fireworks show every night for eight weeks.

But some people living in the neighborhood say they hope that doesn't happen.

Park officials say the show would be seven minutes long each night.

Some people say that is still a lot of noise and there are other ways to attract customers.

It's pretty quiet on 41st Street in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

A lawn mower in the distance and some birds chirping are what people living here say they want to hear.

Not the booming sounds of fireworks every night.

"Every night? No, that would be a little too much," said Kim Gregory, a South Whitehall resident.

“We have no major new attraction this year," said Bernard Bonuccelli, vice president of marketing for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. "No major new coaster, no major new water slide or water attraction. So we thought an end of day fireworks display would be well received by our guests.”

People in charge at the park say they did think about the neighbors before unveiling the plan.

The park plans to use 40% less explosives than a holiday show, and the show will only last five to seven minutes.

“Most of our neighbors will not even see it or hear it," added Bonuccelli.

Dawn Dille lives across the street from the Steel Force coaster and says she will hear each show.

"I get that they want to have more excitement and fun at the park and that's great but there's other ways they can do it besides fireworks every night," said Dille.

Dorney Park has not received final approval from South Whitehall Township yet.

Some residents say they will voice their concerns at the next meeting.

Some also feel a daily show could take away from holiday shows that make the park special.

"I think Dorney Park stands for itself," said Gregory. "I don't think they need to have something new all the time. They're going to get the people there just based on what they already have."

Many of the people living around the park say they love the holiday fireworks.

If the plan is approved the daily shows will run from June 29 through August 25.