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June 29, 1988 | By Nancy Reuter, Special to The Inquirer
The Fourth of July and fireworks are almost synonymous, but firecrackers and other explosive "toys" are dangerous and illegal. In New Jersey, fireworks are illegal unless they are part of a display being handled by a group that has received approval from the local governing body and fire officials, said Mount Laurel Fire Marshal Greg Collier. Under New Jersey law, only plastic or paper caps for use in toy guns may be sold or used in New Jersey by unauthorized people, according to a statement issued by Collier's office.
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July 3, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A holiday weekend warning: "July 4th is the single busiest day of the year for most pediatric emergency centers," says Paula Elbirt, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Although, increasingly, families are leaving fireworks to the experts, emergency rooms still expect to treat patients of all ages who have been seriously injured by fireworks set off by amateurs. "We see fingers torn off by fireworks and burns and wounds to faces," says Dr. Ronald Charles, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
NEWS
July 4, 1992 | By Alissa Wolf, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Looking for a good excuse to whoop it up tonight? Here are two: it's Saturday, and it's Independence Day. And if Mother Nature decides to smile upon us, you'll be able to take advantage of the Shore's many alfresco nightspots, where you can enjoy fresh bay or ocean breezes - and fireworks. One of the best vantage points can be found on the upstairs deck at C.J.'s Key West Bar and Grill, 939 Bay Ave., Somers Point - the newly renovated former site of Crazy Jane's dance club.
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July 1, 1991 | By Joe Daly, Special to The Inquirer
There is that moment, just as darkness arrives, when the wait becomes unending. The children are the first to fidget. Someone begins to clap, and the crowd responds with that we-want-the-show rhythmic applause. The show is billed to begin at dark, but it never does. Shadowy figures in the distance seem to linger until . . . the first shell is loose, soaring toward the stars to deliver its burst of bright light and a resonant boom. America celebrates its birthday with sparks in the sky. It's tradition, one borrowed from antiquity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1991 | By Jack E. Ewing, Special to The Inquirer
There will be fireworks this weekend when the Phillies play the New York Mets in a three-game series at Veterans Stadium beginning at 7:35 p.m. today. The series features a matchup of two of the top RBI men in the National League: The Phillies' John Kruk and the Mets' Howard Johnson, who is also one of the league's top home-run hitters. A 20-minute fireworks display will come after tonight's game. The series will continue at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow and conclude at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Preceding Sunday's game will be the annual game pitting Phillies players game against their children, scheduled for 1 p.m. Children 14 and younger attending Sunday's game will receive a card book, colored in Phillies red, which contains several Phillies baseball cards.
NEWS
July 3, 1991 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
In a perfect world, Philadelphians would spend the Fourth of July celebrating the United States' independence, enjoying the city and the great outdoors with family and friends. But we're not naive. Plenty of you plan to hit the department store sales, come home, flop on the couch and flip on the TV. Heck, maybe it'll rain all day. So here are the holiday viewing highlights. There are programs for people celebrating the nation's history, and there are programs for people just celebrating their day off. At 10 a.m., Channel 6 covers the morning's Liberty Medal ceremony held in front of Independence Hall.
SPORTS
February 4, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
The Detroit Pistons held visiting Dallas to its worst game offensively this season and Rasheed Wallace backed up his talk with 21 points and nine rebounds in a 90-67 win yesterday. The center scored over Dirk Nowitzki on a fadeaway in the third quarter as Detroit pulled away, and screamed toward Dallas' bench, "He can't guard me!" In related news, a trailer carrying $75,000 worth of pyrotechnics to be set off before the game was stolen. In another game: At Washington, Kobe Bryant put up 19 points in the opening period on his way to finishing with 30, and the Lakers ran their offense so well there was no need for newly acquired Pau Gasol to don a uniform in a 103-91 victory over the Wizards.
SPORTS
May 23, 2005 | By Nikki Usher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The NJSIAA South Jersey softball tournament begins tomorrow, and the action is expected to be furious from the beginning. Here is how things shape up: Expect to see fireworks in a Group 4 showdown between Cherokee, the 11th seed, and Shawnee, the sixth seed. Cherokee has struggled of late but still has the talent to make something happen. Shawnee is in the midst of a late-blooming win streak. But when the dust clears for the semifinals and finals, expect to see Vineland, Lenape and Washington Township in the mix. Any matchup among those teams is too close to call.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1986 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a time when casino-hotels went all out to turn Independence Day into a big blast in Atlantic City. There was, for instance, the 1983 Beach Boys concert in front of Caesars Hotel-Casino, with more than 100,000 spectators jammed on the Boardwalk and beach and an armada of pleasure boats anchored offshore to enjoy the music and the fireworks that followed the show. Good vibrations all around. And then there were three years' worth of "Hooked on Classics" concerts on the beach in front of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, starting in 1982.
NEWS
July 5, 2000 | By Shankar Vedantam and Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Considering there were 224 candles on the birthday cake, the party for Uncle Sam was as lively as ever. From a parade on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway to kite-flying contests in Ocean City, from sun-worshiping at the Shore to solemn ceremonies at Independence Hall honoring visionary scientists, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July in ways as diverse as the paths that brought their families to the New World. Fireworks arced over the sky in communities throughout the region, from Lansdowne to Washington Township, N.J., and bathed the graceful columns of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in dusky silhouette.
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NEWS
July 15, 2015
THE QUALITY AND suitability of July Fourth concert acts can be debated and has been. That's subjective. What is objective is the concert ran late, disappointing some, inconveniencing others. The concert and the fireworks that follow usually end around 11 p.m. This year fireworks didn't even begin until 11:25 p.m. Some parents complained the fireworks went up after kids were put to sleep. Even though SEPTA extended service later, some riders had problems. Why did the concert run late?
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia celebrated its place in history as the birthplace of the country Saturday with patriotic revelry that was a little less rough around the edges than in recent years. There was no stampede down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, like the 2013 panic at the crescendo of a fireworks show. And the acts on stage for the Philly 4th of July Jam did not send 6ABC scrambling to cut expletives from the live television broadcast. In all - and even with a lingering but ill-defined warning of a potential uptick in terrorism threats - the Fourth of July was a happy and mellow affair in the city where it all started.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
While just two of City Council's 10 district seats are contested in the May 19 primary, those races have offered some of the election season's biggest fireworks. On Tuesday, voters will choose between Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush, who have clashed over development in the rapidly changing Second District. In the Seventh District, the race is between Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Manny Morales, who came under fire for racist and antigay posts found on his Facebook page.
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Pinky Kravitz has spent Fourth of July in Atlantic City since Nucky Thompson ruled the Boardwalk Empire, or at least nearly so. "There is nothing like the summer holiday at the beach. Everyone comes and everyone has a good time," said Kravitz, whose Pinky's Corner radio show on WOND-AM (1400) is in the midst of its sixth decade, and whose similarly named column runs in the Press of Atlantic City every Thursday. Kravitz, who will turn 88 a week after the Fourth, has, as they say, seen it all. He worked on the Steel Pier near the diving horses as a youth and has been part of the scene in earnest in the casino era. "The Fourth was the time when the ice cream vendors and the hotdog guys always did their best sales," Kravitz said.
NEWS
January 1, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
It may be cold, but the weather is not putting a chill on New Year's Eve celebrations throughout the region, where thousands will gather for family-friendly events on both sides of the Delaware River. At dusk Wednesday, those in Camden and Philadelphia can enjoy fireworks that will explode from a floating barge. "The City of Camden is thrilled to celebrate another New Year's Eve with its sister city, Philadelphia," Camden Mayor Dana Redd said in a news release, calling the fireworks a "unique collaboration" between the cities.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were fireworks, Mummers, and loads of good cheer despite the cold. Given that was all packed into a 30-minute news conference within the City Hall Courtyard on Friday, imagine what the extended version will look like as the year turns Jan. 1. The New Year's highlights, as presented by city officials, include a refigured route for the Mummers Parade and two sets of fireworks on New Year's Eve - one early, one late - to accommodate the...
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When City Council resumes work Thursday after 12 weeks off, members will face a rather tepid agenda and will likely continue to avoid any discussion on the administration's proposed sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works. With all 17 Council members up for reelection next year and an open mayor's race, every legislative move will be carefully measured, current and former politicians said. The agenda for Thursday's Council meeting could confirm that, with the biggest item - other than a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana - being a nonbinding resolution asking voters to support the idea of getting rid of the School Reform Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2014 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) ***** No matter how off your relationship might be, or even as you read this, if you have none, do not worry, Cupid is around you this Fourth of July. The fireworks could be unusually brilliant; you will not be able to ignore them. Saturday you could be stunned by some news, but not for too long to take away from the magic of snap, crackle, and pop. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) **** We know the bull is responsible, but why do you need to be the person who throws the party or makes it work?
NEWS
July 5, 2014
ISSUE | STAYING SAFE Leave it to the pros The increase in fireworks-related injuries is easily explained, and I speak from experience as a commander for nine years of the Police Department bomb squad ("Fireworks-related injuries zoomed last year," July 2). Laws regarding who can purchase and use fireworks in Pennsylvania are as murky as the Schuylkill, making fireworks too accessible. That often puts them in the hands of individuals who have been drinking. Most disturbing, some adults allow children to use fireworks.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a mostly harmonious debate on the plight of education in Pennsylvania, the state's four Democratic candidates for governor agreed Wednesday that the state should change or abolish the School Reform Commission that governs Philadelphia's beleaguered school system. The candidates, speaking at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, said control of the schools should be returned from the state to local officials, whether they are elected or appointed, to improve accountability.
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