Breckenridge To Cancel July 4th Fireworks

City Says Fire Danger Is Too High

City leaders have canceled Breckenridge's fireworks show this July 4th because of high fire danger in Summit County.

In a news release mayor John Warner said, "We strongly believe the right thing to do is to cancel the fireworks for our Independence Day celebration. The combination of mountain pine beetle infested trees and a very dry winter puts our community at risk for a wildfire."

"In addition, Breckenridge police will take a zero tolerance stance towards illegal fireworks and urge the public to follow the lead of the Town in not setting off ANY fireworks during these extreme dry conditions," Warner said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered a ban on burning and private fireworks across Colorado on Thursday.

Breckenridge plans to continue with the other Independence Day celebrations including a 10K trail run, the Arts District Celebration, the Firecracker 50 bike race and the parade along Main Street.

So far Breckenridge is the first mountain town to cancel a fireworks show.

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