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Amherst cancels fireworks for second year in a row due to COVID-19

Pandemic concerns related to larger gatherings led to the decision. The town drew between 40-50,000 spectators for its 2019 fireworks show.

AMHERST, N.Y. — There will be no official fireworks display in the Town of Amherst this year.

Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa's office confirmed Friday to 2 On Your Side that coronavirus pandemic concerns over large gatherings led to the decision to cancel the event for the second year in a row.

The last time that fireworks were held in the town was in 2019, when the display drew 40,000 to 50,000 spectators.

The Town of Amherst hopes to resume a fireworks show next year, but will be searching for a new location as the town's partnership with the University at Buffalo has since expired.

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