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Stamford Fireworks Fizzle After Irene

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford won’t have fireworks after all. Mayor Michael Pavia and sponsor It’s Relevant have decided to cancel Thursday’s “Celebrate Stamford” event.

“ Irene has taken away our fireworks,” Pavia said during a Tuesday news conference. The mayor explained that it would not be in the city’s best interest to assign employees to work the fireworks who are currently helping Stamford in the cleanup effort after Tropical Storm Irene. He pointed to the stress the police department , fire department and operations office has been under since the storm.

“Our primary concern is to restore power, make roadways accessible and safe, and remove all remaining storm debris,” Pavia said in a statement.

Harlan Neugeboren, chief executive officer for It’s Relevant, agreed with the mayor’s decision. “Considering the ferocity and magnitude of the storm and the damage it has caused throughout Stamford, including Kosciuszko Park , we feel it would be best for the city at this time,” he said in the statement.

No makeup date has been scheduled.

Do you agree with the cancellation of the fireworks? Share your thoughts below or send them to report Anthony Buzzeo, tbuzzeo@TheDailyStamford.com .

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