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Hamilton city manager hopes to keep fireworks this year despite recommendation

“It’s Independence Day, and I truly believe that we could have a fireworks display and keep people safe,” Smith said. “I understand not having the parade. I understand not having the density in the downtown.’

“But certainly I would not be a fan of not having fireworks on Independence Day,” while keeping people safe and while raising money to pay for the display.

Mayor Pat Moeller noted he is a member of the committee, and there was a concern among sponsors about how a display could meet the guidance set by Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio’s director of health.

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In past years, the display has cost between $18,000 and $20,000, Moeller said.

Smith said he plans to develop a plan by council’s next meeting in two weeks.

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