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As we enter the holiday weekend, fireworks are being readied for the celebration, however it's not all fun for some people. Many military veterans develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, from their time in combat. The loud pops and bangs from fireworks could trigger negative or even harmful reactions in them. Some veterans even post signs in their yards warning their neighborhood of this. The Executive Director of Allen County's Veterans Service Commission, Tamara Wilson, encourages those planning to set off fireworks to be mindful of those around them.

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As the Fourth of July is coming closer, many people will be celebrating with their own backyard displays, but this can be a difficult time for man's best friend. Allen County Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer says that the biggest thing prior to fireworks going off is to know where your dog is and be sure that you have a place to secure them safely.

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It will be a 4th of July like no other ad many festivals and fireworks displays have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Many decisions were made nearly a month ago and some communities waited and have adapted to the state’s requirements. 

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Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, we haven’t had holiday gatherings and celebrations untouched by the state regulations in place.

Many 4th of July celebrations in the area have been canceled, now firework retailers might see a boom in business for people who want to put on their own firework display for the holiday.

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One of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the region has officially been canceled. It was announced Wednesday that Lima’s Star Spangled Spectacular is canceled. There will be no activities and no fireworks. At this point, the state is still under a mass gathering mandate if 10 people or less. Decisions needed to be made as well concerning details with contractors and vendors that needed to be completed.

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The committee for one of the largest 4th of July events in the region says the clock is ticking to make a decision. Limaland's Star Spangled Spectacular is hanging on by a thread as of now. Organizers have been meeting virtually to make those tough calls on the event following the governor's COVID-19 protocols. At this point, everything has been called off except the fireworks but that could also change.