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Local cities cancel fireworks displays

June 29, 2009 5:29:07 AM PDT
The troubled economy is taking some of the fun out of the Fourth of July. Cities and towns across the country have canceled or scaled back their Independence Day plans while they deal with tighter budgets.Lake Elsinore eliminated its city-sponsored fireworks. But Lake Elsinore City Councilman Thomas Buckley said he still holds out hope that someone will step forward to pay for the pyrotechnic display.

"I'm not completely done yet, so we'll see what we can find," said Buckley. "I think the chances are pretty slim, considering the time constraints."

The city of Lake Elsinore is facing a $3.1 million deficit. A fireworks show would cost roughly $15,000.

Banning has also canceled its fireworks show this year, and Moreno Valley is spending roughly half as much as it did last year for its display.

Other cities in the area will continue with their fireworks displays including Murrietta, Wildomar and Temecula.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has set up a hotline for you to get information on professional fireworks displays. Call (888) 654-FIRE for more information.

The North County Times contributed to this report.

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