Mayor Brad McCloud is holding to his promise of keeping money in the city budget to finance a fireworks display for the community on the Fourth of July.

Mayor Brad McCloud is holding to his promise of keeping money in the city budget to finance a fireworks display for the community on the Fourth of July.

McCloud introduced legislation through the city's safety committee Feb. 20 to authorize a contract with Pyrotecnico, of New Castle, Pa., to put on the 2012 fireworks display July 4 in Reynoldsburg's Civic Park.

The legislation must now go through three readings by city council before being approved.

In December 2007, as McCloud was about to begin his first term as mayor, he vowed to bring the fireworks display back to the community after none had been held the previous July.

"It's one of those things that lets people feel like it's a community and not just a place to park their cars at the end of the work day," he said.

Pyrotecnico has been providing the fireworks display for the city for the past four years. If approved by council, the cost of this year's fireworks will be $26,250, which was included in the city's interim budget for 2012.

That figure is $1,250 more than the contract has cost the city during the previous four years, City Auditor Richard Harris said.

"It's been $25,000 for many years, but the cost of everything is going up," he said. "Insurance for these things is continuing to go up. The cost of making them - and they're hauled around in trucks, so have you seen the cost of gas lately? ... It's going up, also."

Another reason the city continues to use the same company for the fireworks display is because Pyrotecnico has established a good working relationship with the Truro Township Fire Department over the years, McCloud said.

"It's all about the inherent safety concerns with setting off fireworks," he said.

Fire Lt. Mike Shirey said the department is very diligent in setting up safety parameters for the fireworks.

In 1996, when the fireworks were held in Huber Park, a man was killed when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel from a 12-inch shell that exploded inside its mortar tube.