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Fire danger puts Colorado Springs fireworks shows on hold

June 24, 2013 Updated: June 25, 2013 at 7:36 am
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photo - Fireworks over Colorado Springs from Memorial Park show July 4, 2007. (The Gazette file)
Fireworks over Colorado Springs from Memorial Park show July 4, 2007. (The Gazette file)  

The Fourth of July likely will lose a bit of its sparkle in Colorado Springs.

Because of extreme fire danger, city and fire officials have put a hold on all public fireworks displays within the city limits.

The same fate might also fall other smaller fireworks shows planned in the Pikes Peak Region.

Springs officials enacted the ban on Monday, leaving the Colorado Springs Philharmonic to replace its normal pyrotechnics with a laser show.

The announcement put a damper on the Summer Symphony's Independence Day celebration in Memorial Park - the first time since 2008 that the traditional concert was to take place. The event, which began in 1973, was canceled in 2009 due to city budget cuts.

"We all love a huge fireworks display, but we are responding to an environnmental situation," said Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the philharmonic. "People still have every reason to come out for a laser show, just as they would for a fireworks display."

Other cancellations and postponements mounted Monday, although some are still hoping for a fix from Mother Nature.

Manitou Springs Fire Department officials canceled a fireworks display planned for July 4 in the town, while Fort Carson officials postponed their July 3 fireworks show. No new date was announced Monday.

Meanwhile, Woodland Park officials held out hope for moisture.

A decision on whether the city's two shows - one on July 4, the other on July 5 - will be made by July 2, said David Buttery, Woodland Park's city manager.

Sky Sox officials also refused to officially cancel their July 4 fireworks show.

"We're still hoping to shoot on the fourth and are optimistic," said Jon Eddy, director of marketing and promotions for Sky Sox Baseball. "We're not canceling anything. The ban is not for the Fourth. It says until further notice."

The Associated Press also reports the list of fireworks cancellations includes Fremont County (Canon City and Florence), Highlands Ranch, Kiowa and Commerce City.

- Gazette reporters Jen Mulson and Jesse Byrnes contributed to this report

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