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Major cities cancel fireworks on July 4 in fear of fire, supply chain problems

Fire fears, supply chain problems cancel fireworks

American Honor Patriotism and their freedom with fireworks. But on July 4th this year, the sky will be quiet in dozens of cities. 

Salt Lake City has canceled the fireworks display due to concerns about drought and wildfires. Minneapolis, California and Sacramento could not find enough workers. Phoenix was unable to get the fireworks due to shipping delays. 

Despite the "huge demand," suppliers could only meet about 75% of the fireworks they ordered, according to Steve Pelky, president of the American Fireworks Association. 

He said, "Many companies that rely on the Port of Los Angeles are waiting for inventory for a couple of months." rice field. 

Jim Souza's fifth-generation family-owned company, Pyro Spectaculars, almost went out of business during a two-year pandemic blockade and show cancellation. This year, his fireworks barely reached the United States. 

"They were supposed to be here in April, and they just arrived," Souza told CBS News. "90% of the fireworks are from China and we really depended on the last few containers to get here." 

Some cities So, we've chosen to illuminate the night sky with a drone or laser beam on this holiday, but the organizers want their viewers to enjoy the show, whether it's fireworks or another way. 

"Come with his family and friends, just celebrate and look at the sky," Souza said. "I'll do the rest for you." 

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