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In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, a crew with Western Enterprises Inc. covers a row of fireworks shells that have been loaded into launching tubes at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., for the city's annual Fourth of July festival. Officials in New Mexico and other drought-stricken states in the West have been urging residents to attend public fireworks displays rather than lighting their own fireworks due to dry conditions and high fire danger. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, a crew with Western Enterprises Inc. covers a row of fireworks shells that have been loaded into launching tubes at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M., for the city's annual Fourth of July festival. Officials in New Mexico and other drought-stricken states in the West have been urging residents to attend public fireworks displays rather than lighting their own fireworks due to dry conditions and high fire danger. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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