Bombs bursting in air, and on the ground

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The Portland Symphony Orchestra plays the 1812 Overture as fireworks begin over Portland’s Eastern Promenade and Casco Bay on Independence Day. The annual Fourth of July celebration was rescued by private donations after the city elminated public funding this year.Music Director Robert Moody conducts the Portland Symphony Orchestra as thousands of spectators gather at Eastern Promenade Park for the July 4 fireworks show.Members of the Campbell family of Portland add their own fireworks to Portland’s IndependenceDay celebration on the Eastern Promenade.

4th of July fireworks in Portland.

A crowd gathers to watch the Independence Day fireworks on the Eastern Prom in Portland.

Fireworks explode during the 4th of July celebration in Portland.

A small fireworks trailer erupted into flames shortly before the grand finale of the Independence Day fireworks show on the Eastern Prom in Portland Sunday evening, sending stray fireworks exploding into the night sky. Fire crews responded a little after 10 p.m. Chief Fred LaMontagne said they let the fire burn out because there was no imminent danger, and it was unclear if unexploded fireworks were in the trailer. No one was injured. LaMontagne said the fire started when a fireworks shell broke close to the trailer and either ignited or damaged a nearby cannister full of unexploded fireworks.

Portland state Rep. and noted historian Herb Adams reads the Declaration of Independence on the front step of the Longfellow House on the Fourth of July.

A crowd begins to gather on the Eastern Prom for the Independence Day Pops concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the fireworks.

The Color Guard presents the flags, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra performs the National Anthem during the 4th of July celebrations at the Eastern Prom in Portland.

A man out enjoying the 4th of July celebrations tells a few onlookers a story.

The gathered crowd listens to PSO Music Director Robert Moody announcing the $50 million raffle (he was kidding) during the Independence Day Pops concert on Sunday.

Fireworks show on the Eastern Prom in Portland.

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