Sea FM’s Brad and Chooky are disappointed Fire in the Sky will not be held until January 15 next year.
Sea FM’s Brad and Chooky are disappointed Fire in the Sky will not be held until January 15 next year. Allan Reinikka

Rain dampens fireworks event

ROCKHAMPTON'S annual Sea FM Fire in the Sky is all washed up after predictions of heavy rainfall and increased river debris in the Fitzroy River this weekend.

The event was to be this Saturday night, but will not be held until January 15 next year.

Sea FM Morning Crew Chooky and Brad made the announcement on air yesterday morning.

“It is disappointing because that's 12 months of organisation ruined, but safety is paramount, and with the rain we can't hold it any sooner than January,” Chooky said.

“Normally there is one pontoon with fireworks on it, but this year we'd organised three.

“That means there is three minutes more fireworks and even better fireworks. We have one that will go horizontally across the water, but I don't know if I'm meant to tell you that,” he said.

A higher river level and heavy debris could wash away the pontoons where the fireworks are let off, Chooky explained.

But Chooky and Brad want everyone to know the Fire in the Sky after-party is still on this Saturday night at the Zodiac in William Street.

“Well it's kind of like a wake, or a commiseration. Or maybe a pre-party after-party. Whatever it is, it's still on,” Brad said.

Chooky and Brad said they were contemplating running along the riverbank with sparklers to provide some amusement to all those who do turn up on Saturday unaware of the cancellation.

Bureau of Meteorology observer Damian Ousley said there was no way the event could be held this weekend.

“It's going to be a wet one, and it's probably going to continue on through to Tuesday.

 

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY WEATHER FORECASTS

Rockhampton

Friday: Min 21, Max 27

Rain and chance of a storm

Moderate E/NE winds

Saturday: Min 21, Max 27

Rain and isolated showers

Moderate E/NE winds

Sunday: Min 20, Max 30

A shower or two

Light to moderate E/NE winds



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