By: Christine Souders
Fireworks and the Fourth of July go hand in hand, but flooding is putting the Quad City's biggest show at risk.
Red, White and Boom is up in the air, the fireworks are usually set off from a barge on the Mississippi River, but organizers said the barge operator is backing out because of safety concerns.
Now, with the evening of July 3rd less than a week away, local leaders are scrambling to find somewhere else to fire off the big show.
The annual Red, White and Boom fireworks display draws in thousands of people on both sides of the river.
"The red one that goes like swoosh, like really out far. I really like that one," said Darrius Stoglin of Davenport.
"They're right over you and it's really good," said Ellie Mooney of Davenport.
But recent flooding is throwing a wrench in the works.
"The water is too high, and the current is too fast right now to be able to utilize the barge, so we're seeking a land base location and measuring our options, so we can do that safely and still put on a show," said Kyle Carter, Director of Downtown Partnerships with the Quad City's Chamber of Commerce.
Some options include the Centennial Bridge, but the chamber said that could be a long shot, because of the short notice.
To do it there, they would need approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Other options could be LeClaire park if it dries up, or a duo launch site in Rock Island and Davenport.
But all of those could mean a little less boom.
"That will have an effect on how big the show can be, what size of shells we can use, and that's true for any location we pick,"said Carter.
People looking forward to the celebration are crossing their fingers the extravagant display will go off with a bang.
"I hope they find a place that's just as good as every year. If they don't I think a lot of people will be disappointed," said Mooney.
"I just hope they do a good job with the fireworks, and me and my son and girlfriend can enjoy the fireworks still this year," said Timothy Smead of Davenport.
The chamber said no matter what, Red, White and Boom is going to happen.
We should find out in the next couple of days which site they choose.