Fourth of July without fireworks in Kingman

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A western Arizona city is hoping to still make some noise this Fourth of July without fireworks.

For the first time in years, Kingman will not be setting off Independence Day fireworks.

The city instead is staging a block party with free hot dogs, soft drinks and live music Saturday. Instead of fireworks, the crowd will get glow sticks and flags.

Kingman resident Shawn Walsh spent the past few months trying to secure city funding and permission for a fireworks show. The City Council denied his request last month.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that City Attorney Carl Cooper warned against fireworks because of an ongoing lawsuit related to a pyro-technician who was injured in 2013.

The city is one of four defendants in the suit.

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