Changes made to Spirit of Kansas fireworks show to protect eagles

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The annual Spirit of Kansas fireworks show at Lake Shawnee will go on this summer with a small change to accommodate a nearby bald eagle’s nest.

Parks and recreation director John Knight outlined the adjustments to Shawnee County commissioners this morning.

Knight said he consulted with a number of state and federal agencies about what impact the July 4th fireworks would have on the nesting eaglets. After those conversations, it was agreed the fireworks show will aim and launch farther away from the nest.

“I kind of visited with some of our other partners and nobody had any suggestions,” Knight said. “They thought we did as thorough as research as we could and, after doing that research, we meet the guidelines.”

A person with U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Manhattan said Shawnee County did their “due diligence” in the matter to protect the eagles and their nest.

The annual fireworks show has been held at Lake Shawnee for 19 years.

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