Investigation underway after barge catches fire at "Lights on the Lake" in Tahoe
An investigation is underway after one of the three barges used for fireworks launch during the South Lake Tahoe Lights on the Lake fireworks display caught fire following the annual fireworks show, according to The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District.
The fireworks crew aboard the barge attempted to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers but they were unable to suppress the flames. The Tahoe Douglas Fire Department, which monitors the fireworks show, immediately responded with Marine 24, the district’s new fire boat and dowsed the fire within six minutes.
Officials with TDFPD say no one was injured, and the district’s fire crew deployed a boom around the barge to contain any possible contamination. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Nevada Department of Wildlife have been notified.
Fire Marshal, Eric Guevin, reports that agency officials will conduct an investigation later Thursday morning.
The Lights on the Lake fireworks display is sponsored by the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority and has been lauded as one of the top Independence Day displays in the country. Fireworks are launched from three barges anchored near Stateline, Nevada.
The show is choreographed, synced to music and is approximately 25 minutes in duration.