Fireworks displays come with increased vigilance
A watermelon is blown to bits by reloadable mortar during a consumer fireworks safety demonstration by the state Fire Marshal's Office in Concord on Tuesday. The demonstration was called off following this explosion which sent the mortar towards spectators and under a table full of fireworks. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"We're going to do what we normally do and may have a slightly increased presence," said Concord police Lt. Timothy O'Malley. "We are cognizant of what happened in Boston. We are aware of that."
"Certainly we take what happened in Boston in light when planning our security," Police Lt. Jim Flanagan said. "There is an increased vigilance."
• In Concord, one street will close at noon and traffic patterns on three streets will be limited to one-way traffic beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the city's fireworks display at Memorial Field.
• Portsmouth hosts its fireworks display tonight at 9:15 p.m. at Leary Field. Nearly all streets near the park will be closed to parking, except for residents of the area. Motorists who park at the city's garage downtown between 5 and 9 p.m. will be charged a flat rate of $3. The fireworks rain date is Friday.
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