Fireworks tonight |

Fireworks tonight

Aspen will usher in the New Year with a bang, not once, but twice, tonight.

Fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky over Aspen Mountain at both 8:30 p.m. and at midnight, according to Hana Pevny, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

Anyone who can’t keep their eyes open until 2004 can “ooh” and “aah” at the earlier pyrotechnics display, which will last about 15 minutes. The five-minute grand finale will be saved for midnight.

Together, the two displays will be comparable to Aspen’s July 4 fireworks show, Pevny said.

This is only the second time Aspen has marked New Year’s Eve with fireworks, according to City Hall. The first was in celebration of the new millennium four years ago.

The ACRA is producing tonight’s extravaganza; Pevny declined to identify the party financing the event. In seeking an OK for the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the City Council, she indicated a private entity had approached the ACRA about arranging the show.

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