Fourth of July

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Fireworks will light the Charlotte skyline tonight in what’s billed as the southeast’s largest fireworks show. There will also be plenty of unofficial fireworks displays on rooftops and in backyards across the region. It’s not legal to buy aerial explosives in North Carolina, so to get the good stuff, North Carolinians are streaming across the border this week.


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  It'll be a less explosive Fourth of July celebration at military bases in North Carolina this year. Two of the state's major military bases are cancelling fireworks due to budget cuts.

Fort Bragg has had a fireworks display for more than 30 years. It does them big and it does them loud.

More than 50,000 people from Fort Bragg and Fayetteville show up for the celebrations. The U.S. military lost more than 10 percent of its budget this year because of federal budget cuts and the policy known as sequestration. Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum says it's unfortunate.