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June 2, 2003

Albany - Homeland Security might fizzle firework displays in small towns across America. Under new regulations, fireworks cannot be shipped by train - a popular way to transport pyrotechnics across the country. But, the security measure shouldn't dim Albany's Fourth of July fireworks show. "We receive all our fireworks by truck, not train, from distributors in South Carolina and Alabama. We shouldn't be effect by this regulation," said Kevin Hogencamp, Albany Public Information Manager.

Albany spends $18,000 on its fireworks display each year. On May 5th, the federal government set regulations on pyrotechnic shipments by air, water, and truck. But, lawmakers haven't decided on guidelines for train shipment yet.

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