fourth of july

Crime
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend

APD made 99 arrests over this Fourth of July weekend.
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It was a long holiday weekend for Austin Police:  APD made 99 arrests in an increased effort against drunk driving.

July 4 through the morning of July 7 marked a no-refusal enforcement for ​Austin Police. DWI suspects who refused a breath or blood test had to submit a blood sample under a search warrant. There were 55 warrants issued for blood samples over the weekend.

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Austin
1:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Fireworks Likely to Blame for 57 Travis County Fires

Call fireworks complaints in to 311, not 911.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Austin Fire Department says there were 57 grass and brush fires in Travis County over the Fourth of July, 30 of those fires were within the Austin city limits.

The fire department believes many of the fires were caused by fireworks.

"Certainly these smaller grass fires can extend to homes and businesses. And you know there is always the chance of people getting injured using the fireworks," AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith said.

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Texas
3:41 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Activists Against U.S. Surveillance Programs Rally at Texas Capitol

Bo Dresner from San Antonio, left, and Mona Medy from Austin were among the people at the Texas Capitol for a rally against U.S. surveillance programs on July 4, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

More than 100 people rallied today on the south steps of the Texas Capitol, demonstrating against recently-publicized U.S. intelligence gathering methods such as PRISM, the digital surveillance program of the National Security Agency.

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Austin
12:56 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

A Bunny In a Tank and Other Images of Austin on the Fourth

Part of the Far West Fourth of July parade included a "21 'Bun Salute," with this bunny in a mini-tank.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Women dancing with lawn chairs, men dressed as Uncle Sam, and a rabbit in a mini army tank are just a few of the highlights from the scene of the Far West Fourth of July Parade.

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Arts and Culture
11:07 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

She's open for visitors again.
Reena Rose Sibayan The Jersey Journal/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:37 am

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Austin
5:05 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Austinites Comment on Independence Day

Austin celebrates Independence Day with fireworks each year with a show of fireworks at Auditorium Shores.
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July Fourth is America’s Independence Day – a day to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

The meaning of this national holiday, when the 13 original colonies announced their freedom from the British Empire, can take many different forms depending on the person in question.

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Austin
12:40 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Going Downtown for the Fourth? Here's What You Need to Know

 

Preparations are underway for the Auditorium Shores concert and fireworks show Thursday.

The festivities start at 8:30 p.m., with a performance by the Austin Symphony. Fireworks are set to start at 9:30 p.m., and the event is expected to end at 10 p.m.

Above, you'll find a map of street closures for the event — streets marked red will be completely closed. Those in blue will be partially shut down.

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Austin
10:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Why This Could Be a Great Summer Season for Fireworks in Austin

Less stringent fireworks regulations and favorable conditions could make this season a profitable one for Texas fireworks retailers.
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With a little help from mother nature and the Texas Legislature, fireworks retailers might see a sales boom in the Austin area this Fourth of July.

Last month, Gov. Perry signed HB 1813, which allows Texans to transport and possess fireworks in cities, eliminating previous fines that ranged from $50 to $2,000.

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Fourth of July
12:38 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

AFD Investigating Whether Fireworks Caused Fires

Unclear if fireworks contributed to any of dozens of recent fires.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Austin and Travis County fire departments have responded to dozens of grass and trash fires in the last 24 hours. Crews responded to 29 small grass fires and 11 trash fires.

But, they say, for a hot, dry Fourth of July, there were actually fewer fires than they expected.

Most of the fires are still under investigation but Battalion Chief Thayer Smith says fireworks were likely involved in many.

“When you have 29 grass fires on the 4th of July and on the 3rd of July you only had two, certainly you would expect that the majority of those grass fires are obviously going to be related to fireworks in some form or fashion," said Smith.

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Fourth of July
8:15 am
Thu July 5, 2012

KABOOM! San Diego's Entire Fireworks Show Ignites At Once

Oops. A "premature ignition" in San Diego sent an entire fireworks show off at once.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:08 pm

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Austin
12:41 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Slideshow: Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade

Delwood II residents celebrate the Fourth this morning. The peacock outfit alludes to the neighborhood's many birds.
Joy Diaz for KUT News

While Austin doesn’t hold a citywide Fourth of July parade, it’s somewhat of a tradition for individual neighborhoods to hold their own Independence Day celebrations. 

KUT News traveled to the Delwood II neighborhood July 4th parade this morning. It’s the 50th annual parade the neighbors have held (which they claim makes it the longest running neighborhood parade in the city.)

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AM Update 7/4/12
7:24 am
Wed July 4, 2012

AM Update: Fourth of July 'Need to Know' Edition

Travis County is allowing fireworks this Fourth but not recommending their use.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Pack Your Picnic: Info on Tonight’s Fireworks Show

Thousands are expected to flock to Auditorium Shores for the Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks.

The symphony will start its performance at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks show will run from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you’re planning to attend, leave behind all alcohol, glass and Styrofoam. Smoking is not allowed and neither is grilling – because of the number of people expected to be at Auditorium Shores.

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Texas
4:11 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Video: Inside a Fireworks Stand

Sales started somewhat slowly at American Fireworks, but sellers expect them to pick up closer to the Fourth.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Plan on shooting some fireworks off this July 4th?

KUT News recently traveled out to a fireworks stand along Highway 290 to see how sellers were faring. Sales are up from last year, when a ban on fireworks was in effect, but American Fireworks proprietor Keith Coober noted the challenges in a business where you can sales only come on the Fourth and New Year’s.

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Austin
1:29 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Burn Ban Dampens Fourth Fireworks Sales

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Travis County is under a burn ban but fireworks are still on sale. The county is allowing fireworks but not recommending their use.

Keith Cooper sells fireworks for an “American Fireworks” stand. He thinks the burn ban is keeping some customers away.

“Sales have started off a little slow this year. People are a little leery of fire. But they’ve been fairly well,” said Cooper. “Of course it always picks up during the holiday. The third and the fourth are always our best days.”

Vendors met with the Fire Marshal’s office yesterday and agreed not to sell winged fireworks, rockets and missiles – that’s because they pose the biggest fire risk.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

DPS Increasing Patrols This Independence Day; APD Sets 'No Refusal' Enforcement

The Department of Public Safety will increase DWI checkpoints for nine days surrounding July 4th.
Daniel Reese, KUT News

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Fourth of July revelers to plan ahead before they party.

“If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or some other form of transportation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Otherwise, you could be making a very expensive or even fatal mistake.”

DPS has ramped up DWI patrols and will continue to increase enforcement through July 8. The department will focus their patrols on areas they consider to be high-risk during holiday weekends.

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