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July Fourth fireworks shows canceled in Anchorage due to wildfire danger

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 7
  • Published July 2

Fireworks light the sky after the annual Alaska Baseball League doubleheader on July 4, 2017, at Mulcahy Stadium. (Rugile Kaladyte / ADN)

The Anchorage Fire Department on Tuesday morning canceled all official Fourth of July fireworks shows in the municipality due to “extreme dry weather conditions.”

Independence Day fireworks were planned in Eagle River for Wednesday night and in Anchorage on Thursday.

A burn ban remains in effect in the city due to a “very high-extreme” fire danger. Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 70s and low 80s in the coming days.

The Department of Public Safety last week suspended the use and sale of all fireworks across most of the state, citing “high to very high fire danger."

That suspension was lifted Tuesday for communities in Western Alaska, including Dillingham, Nome, McGrath, Bethel and Kotzebue. It remains in effect for most of the rest of the state.

The use or sale of explosive fireworks or stench bombs is illegal in Anchorage without a permit. Violators face a $300 penalty.

The Associated Press contributed.

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