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No fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July Extravaganza

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The city has decided that this year’s Roswell Sertoma Club’s Mike Satterfield Memorial Fourth of July Extravaganza will not include a fireworks display, and any possible future fireworks displays will not be managed by city departments.

“We will not be having fireworks for the Fourth of July Extravaganza,” said City Manager Joe Neeb at Thursday night’s Roswell City Council meeting. “It is still the Mike Satterfield Memorial Fourth of July Extravaganza. We will try to honor all those things that we can.”

The decision comes after 12 firefighters were injured — two of them critically — in a June 5 explosion south of Roswell while preparing fireworks for this year’s event.

Fireworks remaining after the June 5 explosion were subsequently destroyed for safety reasons.

In a press release issued Friday, the city left the door open for possibly using a contractor to put on fireworks displays in future years.

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Other options for future Fourth of July events are being looked into, including replacing the fireworks display with a laser light show.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.