News Release 178
Attend the “From Caves to Fireworks” program July 4 at Onondaga Cave State Park
Enjoy fireworks display
Volume 37-178 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 29, 2009 – Learn some history about fireworks at the “From Caves to Fireworks” program on Saturday, July 4 at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the program will begin at 8 p.m. in the park’s amphitheater and is free and open to the public.
Historically, saltpeter has been mined from several Missouri caves. Saltpeter was used to make gunpowder during the Civil War and to manufacturer fireworks. Attendees will learn about saltpeter mining facts and the chemistry behind fireworks – including what makes them different colors. After the program, you can take a short walk to a gravel bar to watch a local fireworks display. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on during the fireworks show.
Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.