Feds Shutdown Fireworks

Town cancels fireworks show citing concern for sea birds

The town of Depoe Bay, Oregon has canceled its Independence Day fireworks show for the first time in almost two decades due to concern for the safety of protected sea birds. According to oregonlive.com:

Town officials this year reluctantly announced they were cancelling the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show, following pressure from federal wildlife managers who said the noise disrupts protected sea birds.

Business owners, dependent on the popular show for foot traffic, are not happy.

"It's a great loss to our community," said Peggy Leoni, co-owner of Trollers Lodge, a small motel in Depoe Bay. …

A guest who regularly books six rooms at the lodge the week of Independence Day decided not to come, citing the fireworks show cancellation, Leoni said.