Spectators watch the fireworks during the Fourth of July celebrations at Pioneer Park July 4, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona. Skies will remain dark in July 2022 with western cities scattered for the third consecutive year as some major fireworks displays have again been cancelled, this time due to delivery chain or staffing issues related to the pandemic or fire concerns during the dry season. . The city of Phoenix cited supply chain issues as it canceled three of its major Independence Day fireworks shows. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, FILE)
PHOENIX (AP) — Skies will remain dark for a third consecutive day on July 4 as western U.S. cities disperse as some major fireworks displays have been canceled again, this time in dry weather due to fire concerns as well as pandemic-related supply or staffing issues.
The city of Phoenix said it canceled three of its large Independence Day demonstrations because it could not get the fireworks it needed due to supply chain issues. Demonstrations are still taking place in several other Phoenix metro cities.
Flagstaff in northern Arizona will host its annual Independence Day parade through the city’s historic downtown, but a new laser light show will replace the standard pyrotechnic display due to concerns about sparkling wildfires.
Wildfire engulfed the mountain town in recent weeks, while another burned in the north, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.
“The decision was made quickly because we wanted people to be able to make plans with their families,” said City of Flagstaff spokeswoman Sarah Langley.
Firefighters in some cities fear cancellations could prompt some people to use firecrackers in residential areas.
“We are generally concerned about sparks and exposure to houses and dry brush,” said Phoenix Fire spokesman Capt. Evan Gammage. “We get a lot of calls this time of year.”
In New Mexico, the most devastating wildfire season in modern history will not stop major cities in that state, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, from hosting fireworks on the Fourth of July under the supervision of fire departments.
Many local jurisdictions still prohibit the private use of fireworks, a practice that continues despite the recent arrival of summer monsoon rains.
Some national forests in the US Southwest have eased or lifted fire restrictions, welcoming visitors to large areas that have been temporarily closed due to the risk of wildfires. Fireworks are always prohibited in National Forests
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In Sacramento, Cal Expo officials announced they would not be holding fireworks due to lack of staff and resources. Instead, they focus on the California State Fair and Food Festival, which takes place during the last two weeks of July.
In Lompoc, on California’s central coast, the annual Fourth of July fireworks show will not take place due to concerns about potential fire hazards.
A popular North San Joaquin Valley fireworks show that brought thousands of people to California’s Lake Don Pedro in pre-pandemic times has been canceled due to drought concerns, including the lake’s projected low level.
“The safety of our guests and good stewardship of the land entrusted to us are our top priorities,” Don Pedro Recreation Agency said in a statement.
The fire threat also prompted Lakewood and Castle Rock in Colorado to cancel their pyrotechnic displays. However, an Independence Eve fireworks show with live music from the Colorado Symphony is planned for July 3 at Denver’s Civic Center Park.
Southgate Mall in Missoula, Montana, has canceled its annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show without explanation.
Elsewhere in the US, some North Carolina cities have canceled showings after a recent fireworks-related explosion killed one person on a small farm and destroyed a large number of fireworks in an associated fire.
Fireworks will not be held over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis due to staff shortages and construction at a nearby park.
AP writer Morgan Lee contributed to this report from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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