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Sequester cuts snuff out Air Force Academy's July 4th fireworks

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The sequester has caused the Air Force Academy’s July 4th fireworks show to go boom — and not in a good way.

The Colorado institution says the across-the-board federal spending cuts has forced it to cut back on many activities it normally supports — including the cancellation of its annual Independence Day celebration.

“Faced with so many uncertainties about the future budget, we have to look at ways to save money,” said academy Public Affairs Director Lt. Col. John Bryan. “The city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region are our family, and we look forward to getting this and other events back on track in 2014.”

This marks the second-straight year the academy has not held a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. The 2012 event was canceled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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