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Economy hurts fireworks show

Organizers of a Fourth of July fireworks show in this lakeside town say the economic downturn will force them to scale back on the 30-minute spectacle of lights.

City sets up for Friday night lights

Some 30,000 people are expected to attend Friday when Coeur d’Alene launches the holiday season in style. The 18th annual Lighting Ceremony Parade begins at 5 p.m., followed by caroling and the simultaneous lighting of candles held by thousands of people in the crowd. The evening will culminate in a fireworks display over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

CdA prepares for lighting ceremony, festivities

Coeur d'Alene's 18th Annual Lighting Ceremony Parade begins at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by caroling and the simultaneous lighting of candles held by thousands of people in the crowd. The evening will culminate in a fireworks display over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Blast from the past

The Royal Fireworks Festival and Concert has been a Spokane cultural institution for 31 years. Somehow, it seems like 260.

Fireworks suspected in two blazes

Fireworks are believed to have caused a wildfire that forced officials to close part of Northwest Boulevard on Sunday and threatened at least one home. The fire, reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Northwest Boulevard on the city’s west side, charred about five acres before being brought under control by Spokane firefighters, authorities said. Several homeowners in the area had grabbed garden hoses as the flames spread rapidly across a steep hillside.

Fireworks accidents across U.S. kill five

OCRACOKE, N.C. – Five people working on Independence Day fireworks shows were killed by explosions, four of them by a single blast that rocked this remote village on the Outer Banks. The fifth died after an explosion at a fireworks show in Pennsylvania, police said.

July Fourth’s a fright for pets

The Fourth of July is traditionally one of the most difficult days of the year for animal control in the Inland Northwest, as fireworks scare pets from their homes and frantic owners flood help lines. “It just keeps booming and they keep running and it keeps booming and they keep running,” said Phil Morgan, executive director of the Kootenai Humane Society. “Last year … we must have had 50, 60, 70 calls.”

Have a legal Fourth

Fireworks, illegal in most of Spokane County, are legal in a few municipal areas, on reservations and in Idaho. This informational graphic examines the history and legality of the July 4 favorites.

Fourth of July

Fourth of July celebrations around the country