Maryland fireworks celebrations canceled due to storm cleanup

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Fireworks will not light up the sky for the Fourth of July holiday in some cities in Maryland.

Several fireworks celebrations have been canceled due to storm cleanup efforts, including scheduled displays in Kensington, Germantown, Rockville and at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

"Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our residents and addressing the widespread outages in the aftermath of last week's storm," said Gaithersburg’s Acting City Manager Tony Tomasello. "We explored all options to continue with the event as planned while not impeding with restoration work but found that was just not possible."

The events will possibly be rescheduled for a later date.

The cancellation, however, left many people disappointed,

“I don't like it,” says Kensington resident Moi Grace. “We already got our outfits. Now what are we supposed to do?”

Patrick Lacefield, public information officer for Montgomery County, says the county needs its emergency workers to handle 45 major intersections that still don't have traffic lights. And 75,000 Montgomery County residents are now tackling their fifth day without electricity.

“We hated to do it. But couldn't justify when we need people on the streets,” Lacefield says.