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Originally published Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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'Eagle capital' cancels fireworks over concerns about baby eagles

The Pennsylvania hamlet of Narrowsburg, which bills itself as the state's "bald eagle capital," canceled its fireworks show over concern for baby eagles.

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NARROWSBURG, N.Y. — Concerns over the welfare of bald eagles have led a town in southeastern New York to cancel its July Fourth fireworks display.

The hamlet of Narrowsburg, which bills itself as the state's "bald eagle capital," hosts an annual EagleFest to celebrate the eagles that nest along the Delaware River.

Narrowsburg's fire department puts on fireworks for the annual Fourth of July celebration. The Times-Herald Record of Middletown reported that last year some baby eagles left their nest, possibly startled by the pyrotechnics.

The fireworks were canceled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department indicated that the fire department could be liable for thousands of dollars in fines if eagles are harmed.

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