Coast Guard To Boaters: Play It Smart During Twin Ports Fireworks Displays

DULUTH, Minn (Press Release) — The U. S. Coast Guard has established and will strictly enforce two safety zones on the water in the Twin Ports for the annual Duluth Fourth Fest fireworks display and the Superior 4th of July Fireworks Display on Tuesday.

The temporary safety zone for the Duluth Fourth Fest will be in effect from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in the northwestern section of the Duluth Harbor basin in the vicinity of the Georgia Pacific pier, Duluth.  The safety zone is a 840-foot radius around the Duluth Fourth Fest fireworks launch site at position 46°46′14″ N, 092°06′16″ W.

The temporary safety zone for the Superior 4th of July Fireworks will be in effect from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in the Superior Front Channel in the vicinity of Barker’s Island, Superior, Wisconsin.  The safety zone includes a 600-foot radius around the Superior 4th of July fireworks launch site at position 46°43′28″ N, 092°03′38″ W.

The safety zones will prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users during this time.  Except for persons or vessels authorized by the Coast Guard patrol commander, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the safety zone without permission. The patrol commander enforcing this area can be contacted on marine radio VHF-FM channel 16.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to make proper preparations at all times while on the water, such as filing a float plan, wearing life jackets, and having a marine radio or other means of communication aboard.  This is particularly important when operating in or around a large marine event such as the Duluth Fourth Fest or Superior 4th of July Fireworks. Boaters should expect vessels to be in this area and take extra precaution when transiting the area around the event. All boaters are reminded of the dangers of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and are encouraged to consider alternatives to using alcohol while afloat.

More BUI and safe boating information can be found at www.uscgboating.org, including the CG Boating Safety Mobile App.

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