Disco ball to replace fireworks at SLC New Year’s Eve celebration

Posted at 9:54 PM, Nov 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-11 08:48:25-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- No more fireworks.

Salt Lake City is canceling its sparklers show for New Year’s Eve because of the air quality. The Downtown Alliance wants to replace fireworks with a giant disco ball.

"I wouldn't care," said Jodi Brooks after hearing news of the fireworks cancelation for Salt Lake City's Eve celebration.

"I think it's a really good idea," said Robyn Easley who is originally from Portland, Ore., and never heard of an inversion until she moved to Utah.

"I think it's kind of a bummer," said Elizabeth Hovden about the City's decision to scrap fireworks this year.

"Fireworks are cool, they are great but you know there is a negative potential for air quality. It's not terrible but it certainly doesn't help the air,” said Nick Como with the Downtown Alliance.

Como assures revelers the annual Eve celebration will still be a blast.

The City is aiming for a giant disco ball, an art installation they hope will be the largest of its kind in the country.

"What we're going to do is elevate this disco ball and have some people on rooftops, and shining lights and lasers on it and the ball will spin, creating this really immersive experience that you'll witness with 40,000 other people,” Como said.

It may sound grand but not everyone is impressed.

"We wouldn't come back down. It was too busy, too many people,” Brooks said.

Some people however are still open to the idea.

"It's not going to have fireworks coming out of it so I mean if it's a cool looking disco ball hey why not?" Hovden asked.

The Salt Lake City Council has already pledged $25,000 for the project. The Downtown Alliance needs another $25,000 and is asking for help through a kickstarter campaign.

FOX 13 reached out to the Division of Air Quality about the city's decision but they had no comment.