Fourth of July

Econ 919 — Fireworks

Jul 2, 2021
Photo: Wesley Early/KOTZ

Personal fireworks are largely illegal on the Kenai Peninsula. That rule goes for most of Southcentral, too, though each municipality is responsible for its own rules.

But there is at least one place in Southcentral where fireworks are legal on private land: the city of Houston, between Willow and Wasilla. Houston is also the home of Gorilla Fireworks, which says it's Alaska’s biggest fireworks store.

The City of Seward will have an emergency meeting tomorrow at 5:30 to discuss measures to help control the spread of coronavirus in the community. The measures would include temporarily closing city-owned campgrounds, prohibiting gatherings of more than 20 people, requiring masks inside buildings open to the public, and limiting restaurants, bars, and retail stores to fifty percent capacity.

Elizabeth Earl

A new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Seward has the community on edge and events cancelled.

Since last week, about a dozen people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Seward. The first signs appeared Thursday when two people were reported to have tested positive and the Department of Health and Social Services notified the public that patrons at two area bars might have been exposed. Anyone who visited the Seward Alehouse on June 21 from noon to seven, June 22 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and June 23 from noon to 7 or 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. or who visited the Yukon Bar on June 23 was asked to be tested.