Some Southern California communities will have to wait over a year for their next 4th of July fireworks.
The cities of Lancaster, Palmdale, La Punte and Lynwood are forced to cancel or revise their shows.
The cancellations come after a state investigation into the company they all hired to supply pyrotechnics found the company was operating with fake licenses and homemade explosives.
The mayor of La Punte told NBC4 that his city is ready with a backup plan.
“Ever since it happened, we’ve been struggling, and our show is going on, but instead of fireworks, we’re going to have a laser show.”
Fireworks were also canceled in the city of Claremont, where dry conditions, fear of bushfires and California drought combined to create bad news for fireworks enthusiasts.
Maria Schulz, visiting Claremont from Arizona, was sad to have missed the fireworks this year. But she said she understood the reasoning.
“We have to make concessions so that we can all have a long-term quality of life,” Schulz said.
Here are the SoCal cities without fireworks so far:
- The bridge