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NEW YORK

Heat wave hits south, east of U.S.

NEW YORK | The heat wasn’t going to keep Jerryll Freels inside on his vacation.

The 28-year-old made his way through Times Square on Monday, combating the hot weather with a wet, white washcloth over his head and a water bottle in hand.

“It’s hot, but I know how to stay cool,” said Mr. Freels, visiting from Minneapolis.

A string of hot days were expected this week, with temperatures en route to 100-plus degrees in some places. Temperatures reached into at least the 90s Monday from Maine to Texas.

In the East, warm air is “sitting over the top of us, and it’s not really going to budge much for the next day or two,” said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. He said after that, a system coming in off the Atlantic Ocean would bring in cooler temperatures.

Monday was a day off for many to mark Sunday’s Independence Day holiday. The extended weekend aided utilities by lowering demand for power, said Lissette Santana, a spokeswoman for PPL Electric Utilities in Allentown, Pa.

PENNSYLVANIA

11 burned in fireworks mishap

PALMYRA | Authorities say a firework exploded into a crowd gathered for a town Fourth of July celebration in central Pennsylvania, injuring 11 people.

Palmyra Borough police say a charge misfired, and material exploded into the nearby crowd at Palmyra Middle School and across a football field.

Authorities say the victims suffered burns, contusions and abrasions. Among them are four people ages 11 to 17 and one employee of the company that was staging the fireworks show.

One adult and one minor remain hospitalized Monday with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The event was also commemorating Palmyra’s 250th anniversary.

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