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It was an unusual Independence Day. Because of coronavirus, most public fireworks displays were cancelled this year. But that didn't stop people from buying their own fireworks to set off in neighborhoods throughout Western New York. Tower cameras used by local TV stations showed an amazing array of fireworks doing off around 10:00 Saturday night.

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It's that time of year again. The air is filled with the crackling booms and kapows of explosive fireworks. But as plentiful as they may sound, most fireworks are illegal in New York State.

Americans will spend more than $900 million this year on bottle rockets, Roman candles, and other fireworks. But those of us who want to celebrate Independence Day with a bang are almost totally dependent on China for supplies.

"Ninety-nine percent of the backyard consumer fireworks come directly from China," said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association. "And about 70 percent of the professional display fireworks are manufactured in China."

Firemen's Association encourage a safe July 4th

Jul 3, 2016
Eileen Buckley

The Firemen's Association of the State of New York is urging everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

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Tens of thousands of holiday revelers filled the grounds at Canalside yesterday for a day long celebration of the Fourth of July.

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As Western New Yorkers head into the Independence Day holiday weekend, law enforcers and medical experts are both reminding the public about the dangers of fireworks when misused. The public is also being reminded that while some counties have legalized small fireworks and sparklers, they remain illegal in others including Erie County.

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Residents in three Western New York counties will be able to legally purchase some fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties have each legalized some small fireworks after a new state law left the decision  up to county governments. 

Canalside's spectacular fireworks display

Jul 5, 2013
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Fourth of July celebrations were held across the Western New York region Thursday. 

Fireworks displays throughout the region

Jul 3, 2013
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In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, there are plenty of fireworks displays planned throughout the Western New York community this week. 

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Local authorities are investigating an illegal cache of fireworks that were discovered while battling a North Buffalo fire.

July 4th fireworks displays

Jul 4, 2012
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  • Amherst:  Baird Point, UB North Campus at dusk.
  • Andover:  Andover Central School at dusk.
  • Buffalo:  Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf 10:15 p.m.