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July 4 organizers to National Guard: No Howitzers during city's celebration

Complaints after last year's show lead planning committee to discontinue the tribute

11:49 AM, Jul. 12, 2013
A National Guard Howitzer canon was fired last July 4, 2012, in Wisconsin Rapids. The start and finish of this year's show will not include Howitzer canon booms, after event organizers notified National Guard leaders they could not shoot the canons at the show.
A National Guard Howitzer canon was fired last July 4, 2012, in Wisconsin Rapids. The start and finish of this year's show will not include Howitzer canon booms, after event organizers notified National Guard leaders they could not shoot the canons at the show.
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Although organizers expect thousands of people to turn out for Wisconsin Rapids' Independence Day celebration Thursday, there will be one group that will be absent from this year's festivities: the local National Guard unit.

Local Army National Guard leaders will not be able to shoot off their Howitzer cannons as part of the annual event, which takes place along the Wisconsin River in the city's downtown. City Attorney Sue Schill cited several complaints from attendees of last year's event, who were frightened by what they thought were malfunctioning fireworks.

The city also received a ...

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