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Fireworks use banned on beach on July 4

A new Gloucester County policy will go into effect this Independence Day, July 4, which will ban use of all fireworks and sparklers at Gloucester Point Beach that day.

Carol Steele, Gloucester director of parks, recreation and tourism, said Monday that the policy was endorsed by a new events safety committee that is investigating safety procedures for various special events in Gloucester. She said the committee might decide to recommend similar or other measures, such as no glass bottles, at certain other events the county is involved in throughout the year, including the Renaissance Fair, Christmas Parade and Concerts on the Green, among others.

According to Steele, there have been "a number of near misses" at the crowded beach—a prime viewing spot for fireworks shot from Yorktown—on past Independence Day celebrations, where fireworks went off too close to individuals and people were almost injured. The July 4 ban, which will take effect on that holiday at ...

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