Drone light-show over Aspen Mountain canceled, may go Thursday
July 4, 2018
Tonight’s Fourth of July drone light-show over Aspen Mountain has been canceled due to weather concerns caused by the Basalt fire, officials said.
The drone show, which would have replaced the canceled fireworks exhibition, was scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.
The show could be held Thursday if weather conditions improve, according to a statement issued by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
“It is with our sincere regret that due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions caused by the Basalt fire that we will be canceling the July 4th show and rescheduling at a later date with Aspen Chamber Resort Association,” said Matt Quinn, director of flight operations for Great Lakes Drone Co, the company hired for the show. “While conducting our routine operational risk assessment, we found conditions to be unfavorable to flight operations and the spectators.
“The fire in Basalt has created increased instability, paired with the formation of convective clouds causing a severe and unnecessary risk with increased and unpredictable winds aloft. This decision did not come easily however safety is our number one concern with any operation. This decision comes with the full support of ACRA and Aspen Skiing Company and in the best interest of our operational safety mitigation, as community safety is our foremost concern. Our thoughts are with the Basalt community at this time.”