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Tehachapi fireworks celebration to go on after all

City of Tehachapi
Posted at 8:52 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 23:52:15-04

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — In a surprise announcement, the City of Tehachapi decided to go on with their fireworks celebration.

The city released a statement late Saturday that said: "The City of Tehachapi Fireworks Show is happening tonight! We encourage all of Tehachapi to look towards the skies above the Tehachapi Municipal Airport at 9 PM tonight. Remember the original 13 rockets symbolized the 13 colonies claiming their Independence. Happy 4th of July!"

The Tehachapi Police Department didn't find out about the change of plans until 3 hours before it was originally scheduled to go on.

On Wednesday, the City of Tehachapi sent out a press release announcing that the fireworks celebration had been canceled.

In a statement, the city said: "This unfortunate decision took into consideration the cancellation of fireworks displays in surrounding communities in the San Joaquin Valley, Eastern Kern County and Antelope Valley, leaving Tehachapi as the only-remaining municipal fireworks display within 100 miles. The anticipated thousands of additional viewers converging on our small community to watch this display created additional public health and public safety concerns for our residents."