Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Breckenridge, Colorado cancels New Year's Eve fireworks, cites environmental impact

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado town of Breckenridge cancelled its New Year’s Eve fireworks display over environmental considerations, officials said.

The decision was a continuation of the town’s decision earlier this year to celebrate holidays in ways that have less environmental impact, Summit Daily reports.

The town cancelled its 2019 Fourth of July fireworks display, which officials said was a result of concerns about fire safety and potential negative effects on the forest and wildlife.

The town council opted to remain consistent with its summer holiday cancellation, Breckenridge spokeswoman Haley Littleton said.

“Because of this summer decision, council decided that they did not want to have fireworks in the winter either to provide consistency and to continue not to disturb our wildlife,” Littleton wrote in an email.

A skier jumps off a moving snow jump float during Ullr Fest on Dec. 12. (Photo: Jack Dempsey, AP)

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“The town of Breckenridge believes that there are better options moving forward to celebrate these holidays that have less of an environmental impact,” Littleton wrote.

Breckenridge Ski Resort has not changed plans to host its annual New Year’s Eve torchlight parade, in which ski and snowboard instructors carry torches and ride from the top of one of the mountain’s peaks down to the resort village.

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