While some Humarock beachgoers were disappointed that the beach wasn’t lit with the typical bonfires, others were still enjoying the 3rd but with fireworks.
“It’s like impossible to monitor them. You see them and by the time you get there they’re already shot off so there isn’t much you can do about it. But we do have eight people from the State Police Bomb Squad down the area; they will confiscate any fireworks they find,” said Scituate Fire Chief Rick Judge
And while fireworks seemed hard for the Scituate, Cohasset, Plymouth County, and State police officers to get their hands on, Chief Judge said they prepared for the bonfire free night by collecting wood from Humarock homeowners though not much was found, “Very little. Alot of people just didn’t bring it down. About five homes were collecting pallets, they got rid of them.”
Robert Graci, who’s lived along Humarock Beach for 34 years, bought nearly 50 wooden pallets in preparation of his annual holiday party. “Based on last year’s permit granting process, we assumed they were going to permit it this year. We said okay, we’re not going to have pallets. So my wife had the idea, it was bothering her, she said why don’t we make something good out if it, ” said Graci
With the help of his grandchildren, Graci transformed the pallets into a red, white, and blue fence that lines Central Ave outside of his Scituate home.
The ban comes after a June 19th Scituate Selectmen’s meeting. The board agreed with the Fire Chief and Police Chief that bonfires impose too much of a risk especially in the shadow of a March 2012 fire that destroyed four Humarock homes.
As of 9PM July 3rd night, Fire Chief Judge said there had been no bonfire attempts.
(Wreckage of a Humarock home burned down in March fire)