Thousands attend parade

IRON MOUNTAIN – The patriotic, business and other winners of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Fourth of July parade have been announced.

Patriotic winners were Tadych’s Econo Foods, first place; CCI Systems Inc., second place; and U.P. Rehab Services, third place.

Business winners were The Drug Store TDS, first place; Iron Mountain Community Federal Credit Union, second place; and Classic Carpet Care & Restoration, third place.

Miscellaneous winners were Iron Mountain-Kingsford High School Marching Band, first place; First Baptist Church, second place; and Rolling Thunder Farms, third place.

Additional winners will be announced at a later date.

The theme of the parade, which was attended by thousands, was Celebrate! Let the Sound of Freedom Ring Strong and True Forever New.

Police said there were no gaps of standing or sitting room on the sidewalks from Balsam Street to Woodward Avenue to Carpenter Avenue to H Street.

The parade lasted approximately one hour and 45 minutes. It started at 9:30 a.m. following three flyovers by three World War II vintage airplanes.

Iron Mountain Police reported this year’s Fourth of July as a quiet day activity-wise.

The Iron Mountain Fire Department put out a few spot fireworks from the annual fireworks display set off Millie Hill Thursday night.

Overall, there were no major incidents reported, police said.

Elsewhere, in lower Michigan, authorities say five people, including two children, were hurt in a suburban Detroit neighborhood when fireworks set off in a street went awry.

A mortar tipped over Thursday night and shot into a Sterling Heights garage. Officials say the people in the area were injured and the 8-year-old girls were taken to a nearby hospital.

One girl suffered serious injuries and the other minor injuries.

The man who set up the fireworks received a violation.

Southern Michigan authorities say a 30-year-man also was injured Thursday in the Calhoun County community of Springfield as he was trying to light fireworks. He was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital with burns and a broken wrist.

In Wisconsin, a suburban Milwaukee fireworks show was cut short after a fireworks technician was injured.

The display at Hales Corners Park started at 9:28 p.m. Thursday but stopped after four bursts of fireworks were fired from a wooded area. Then spectators saw flashing lights on emergency vehicles and sirens.

In a news release Friday, police said the firework exploded on the ground inside the launch tube.

Police say the man suffered a fractured left leg and other injuries to the left side of his body and face.

The rest of the show was canceled. Police destroyed the remaining fireworks.