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July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of bases

By Jennifer C. Kerr

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 30 2013 9:06 a.m. MDT

This Dec. 2, 2005 file photo shows cars entering the main gate at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

Gerry Broome, File, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Fourth of July won't have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases.

Budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks.

Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina.

They've also been scrapped at bases in Georgia, New Jersey and Hawaii.

The reason is money — or a lack of it.

The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant sweeping $85 billion across-the-board cuts, which led to tightened budgets and forced furloughs.

At Camp Lejeune, Brandy Rhoad Stowe says the fireworks are always spectacular and that she and her kids, ages 3 and 9, will miss them this year.

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