CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tens of thousands of fireworks were shot over the Capitol last weekend but, aside from a little debris, the iconic gold dome is no worse for wear.
The state held fireworks shows on three consecutive nights to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday. The displays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday followed the projection of a special 3-D movie directly onto the Capitol's south side.
The fireworks exploded directly over the gilded dome and sometimes appeared to fly into its side.
But Chelsea Ruby, executive director of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, said there was no damage.
"What I've been told is that there is some dirt. There's some stuff that needs to be washed away, but that there's no real damage," Ruby said.
"There's some clean-up that needs to be done, but no real damage. Which we expected, but that's from the cardboard fireworks tubes. We will clean that up."
Each round of fireworks was fired in a cardboard shell. Ruby said pieces of those shells are on the dome and sidewalks around the Capitol.
"They're just pieces of cardboard," she said.
Ruby said if there had been any damage, repairs would have been covered by a multi-million dollar insurance policy Zambelli Fireworks purchased when the company booked the show. She said the insurance policy is standard practice for the company.
She said Zambelli has done thousands of fireworks shows, including a very similar show from the Capitol roof several years ago, and it was confident there would be no damage to the dome.