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Avondale plans ‘warning blasts’ for ducks on July 4

Avondale Estates

Avondale plans ‘warning blasts’ for ducks on July 4

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

Plans for this year’s Avondale Estates Independence Day fireworks show include considerations for the ducks swimming on Lake Avondale.

The announcement from the city includes an item titled, “Intermittent Warning Blasts of Fireworks for the Ducks.”

“For an hour preceding the actual fireworks display, there will be intermittent warning blasts of fireworks to help acclimate the ducks and prepare them for the actual fireworks display,” the announcement from the city says.

There’s a back story to this.

Last year some residents volunteered to coax the ducks away from the pond for the Fourth, according to a Decatur Patch story written by current Decaturish contributor Ralph Ellis. The article is no longer available on the website.

The volunteers said the fireworks scare the ducks. According to the Patch article, the city also used the warning blasts for last year’s event.

The city also announced that Clarendon Avenue will be closed from Columbia Drive to South Avondale Road for 45 minutes on Friday morning for the city’s Fourth of July Parade.

To see the city’s fireworks traffic plan, click here.