Some cities cancel July 4 fireworks over shortages, fire risks


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FILE – Spectators watch fireworks explode overhead during the 4th of July celebration at Pioneer Park, July 4, 2013, in Prescott, Arizona. Skies over a scattering of Western cities will remain dark for the third consecutive 4th of July in 2022 as some major fireworks displays are canceled again, this time over supply chain or personnel issues related to the pandemic, or fire problems in dry weather. The city of Phoenix cited supply chain issues in canceling its three major Independence Day fireworks displays. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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Skies over a scattering of western US cities will remain dark for the third straight 4th of July as some major fireworks are canceled again this year, this time over fire concerns in dry weather, as well as pandemic-related supply or personnel issues.

The city of Phoenix said it canceled its three major Independence Day shows because it couldn’t get needed fireworks due to supply chain issues. Postings in several other Phoenix metro cities are still ongoing.

Flagstaff in northern Arizona will perform its annual Independence Day Parade in the city’s historic downtown, but a new laser light show will replace the standard pyrotechnic display due to fire concerns of forest.

A wildfire has skirted the mountainous town in recent weeks while another has burned farther north, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate.

“The decision was made early because we wanted people to be able to make plans with their families,” said City of Flagstaff spokeswoman Sarah Langley.

Firefighters in some cities are concerned that the cancellations could prompt some people to step up their use of consumer fireworks in residential areas.

“We are generally concerned about exposure from sparks and fire to homes and dry brush,” said Phoenix Fire spokesperson Capt. Evan Gammage. “We get so many calls at this time of year.”

In New Mexico, the most destructive wildfire season in modern history won’t stop major cities across that state, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, from hosting supervised 4th of July fireworks. firefighters.

Many local jurisdictions are still banning the private use of fireworks amid a punitive drought that continues despite the recent arrival of summer monsoon rains.

Some national forests in the southwestern United States have relaxed or canceled fire restrictions and have welcomed visitors back to large swathes temporarily closed due to fire danger. Fireworks are still prohibited in state forests

In Sacramento, Cal Expo officials announced they would not be holding fireworks due to a lack of staff and resources. Instead, they are focusing on the California State Fair & Food Festival which will be held the last two weeks of July.

In Lompoc, on California’s central coast, the annual Fourth of July fireworks display will not take place due to concerns about potential fire hazards.

A popular fireworks display in the northern San Joaquin Valley that in pre-pandemic times brought tens of thousands to Lake Don Pedro, California, has been canceled due to drought concerns , including the projected low level of the lake.

“The safety of our guests and being good stewards of the lands entrusted to us are our highest priorities,” Recreation Agency Don Pedro said in a statement.

The fire danger also prompted Lakewood and Castle Rock in Colorado to cancel their fireworks shows. Still, an Independence Eve fireworks display with live music from the Colorado Symphony is scheduled for July 3 at Denver’s Civic Center Park.

The Southgate Mall in Missoula, Montana canceled its annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display without giving a reason.

Elsewhere in the United States, some cities in North Carolina have canceled exhibits after a recent fireworks-related explosion killed a man on a small farm and a large cache of fireworks was destroyed in a related fire.

In Minneapolis, a fireworks display on the Mississippi will not take place due to staffing shortages and construction at a nearby park.

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AP writer Morgan Lee contributed to this report from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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