Hampton Beach Cancels Some Fireworks To Protect Endangered Piping Plovers


Photo: Hampton Beach Official

HAMPTON, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) -- Hampton Beach is canceling some of its firework shows this summer. This time, not because of COVID-19, to protect endangered shorebirds.

Two fireworks dates are being scrapped because of piping plovers nest on Hampton Beach every year.

Officials reported that the piping plovers' eggs hated in early June and the tiny chicks take up to 30 days to mature, at which time they can fly.

“Until that time we are unable to have fireworks on the beach,” the Hampton Beach Facebook page said. “We have explored and exhausted all other options, but we do not have any choice but to cancel the first two scheduled fireworks.”

The June 19 show and the June 23 displays have been canceled. Residents can view the first fireworks on June 30, followed by the special Fourth of July fireworks.

Since 1986, piping plovers have been federally listed as threatened and endangered.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports:

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