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Threat of thunderstorms pushes Dover fireworks to Sunday

By John Quinn
Union Leader Correspondent

July 03. 2014 11:00AM

DOVER – For the second time in a quarter century, the annual fireworks have been postponed, according to Recreational Director Gary Bannon.

As the forecast calls for thunderstorms and a 70 percent chance of showers on Independence Day, Bannon said city officials decided it was best to move the downtown fireworks show from Friday to Sunday.

“I've been doing the fireworks for over 20 years and this is the second time we've had to cancel them,” Bannon said, recalling how weather-related concerns postponed the 1996 event.

“It ended up being the next day,” Bannon said, adding usually the fireworks go forward if there's a chance of rain.

Bannon said officials tried to hold this year's show Saturday, but Atlas Pyrotechnics was already booked up for that day – especially since other communities shifted their schedules. He added the fireworks are scheduled to launch over the downtown Sunday at 9:15 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 63 degrees.

Bannon estimated that up to 6,000 area residents watch the show throughout the city, including about 2,000 people who pack the area around Henry Law Park. He added officials are working with members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, vendors and entertainers to ensure the show will go as planned Sunday.

Bannon said an announcement was posted on the city's website, distributed through chamber members and will get out through word of mouth.

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