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The director of the Scovill Zoo says the fireworks on Lake Decatur don't bother the animals. 

What do the animals at Scovill Zoo think of the fireworks over Lake Decatur?

For the most part, they are pretty OK with them, said Ken Frye, director of the zoo.

Which may come as a bit of a surprise to some, since the fireworks are launched from a barge in the middle of the Nelson Park basin, in the same general area as the zoo, subjecting the complex to many thunderous booms and blasts.

Frye said there was a time, before his arrival, that the emus would get a little rattled. Now, the only thing that can be counted on is some yelling from the peafowl. 

Frye said any animals that may become spooked by the fireworks are placed in their shelters. He added that zoo staff is on hand during the fireworks show to monitor the animals, just in case.

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