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Birmingham's 2012 Fireworks Display Officially Canceled

Coupled with the extreme heat, Assistant Fire Chief John Connaughton said last night's storms knocked out power to the Lincoln Hills golf course.

Birmingham's has been officially canceled due to a combination of the heat, unpredictable weather and power outages throughout the city's southwestern neighborhoods.

Assistant Fire Chief John Connaughton said the city decided to cancel the event, which traditionally takes place around the 4th of July at the , around 4:30 p.m. after the display had been postponed once due to bad weather Tuesday evening.

"We can't say that there won't be any thunderstorms and we can't get all those people in there and take a chance," Connaughton said. 

Connaughton said there are no storms on the radar at the moment but the extreme heat — temperatures are forecasted to approach 90 degrees Thursday — makes the weather unpredictable.

"When you have these hot, hot conditions, these storms can just pop up," he said. "I don't want to have thousands of people (at the golf course) and risk a lightning strike."

In addition, Connaughton said many homes in the city's southwestern neighborhood — near Cranbrook Road between 14 Mile and Maple — were without power all day since a severe thunderstorm ripped through the area early Thursday morning.

, however Connaughton said the Lincoln Hills clubhouse was still without power around 5 p.m. Thursday.

In addition, Connaughton said firefighters and police officers had been responding to downed wires all day. Several traffic lights near the golf course have also been without power all day, Connaughton said, meaning controlling traffic before and after the fireworks would be difficult and potentially dangerous.

Connaughton said he doesn't believe the city will reschedule the fireworks display — a disappointment, he said, since he doesn't believe Birmingham has ever had to cancel the event.

"It's a beautiful show," he said. "It's very family-friendly. The (golf) course is perfect. The kids can run around. People are playing catch and throwing balls around."

Elisabeth Garbeil July 06, 2012 at 01:03 AM
My son was very disappointed. For a six year old, he handled it really well, but ... We're all bummed.
Heather Schwenck July 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I just called my three friends who were almost all the way there on their bikes from Oak Park, so we're all bummed. I don't see why they couldn't reschedule the fireworks again- there's plenty of summer left!
Laura Houser (Editor) July 06, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Elisabeth, your 6-year-old sounds very mature and that stinks, Heather, about your friends from Oak Park! We'll let everyone know if there are plans to reschedule.
Mom C July 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Quite honestly, with all of the budget cuts, etc., extras such as the fireworks SHOULD be cancelled. Nobody wants to pay more taxes but they want to be protected AND entertained. It's always the other guy who should "sacrifice".

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