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Fireworks show in Jaffrey, N.H., canceled after town officials receive ‘violent threat’

The New Hampshire town of Jaffrey canceled a fireworks show Friday after a threat aimed at town officials was ­received by a local newspaper, the Jaffrey Police Department, and the town’s chamber of commerce.

In a statement released Friday, Police Chief William J. ­Oswalt said the annual “Festival of Fireworks” show planned for Saturday is being canceled in response to the written “violent threat” received Thursday by the Keene Sentinel and the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.

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“In those communications, the author indicated a direct threat of violent action that would take place at or near the local airport where the annual Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks is scheduled to take place this Saturday,” Oswalt wrote.

“At this early stage of the ­investigation,” the chief said, “we have been unable to develop sufficient facts and information that provide a level of confidence that the security of the event can be assured. We are therefore announcing this year’s Festival of Fireworks has been canceled.’’

Oswalt said the writer made a “bomb threat directed at the people attending the fireworks show with the apparent motive of causing disruption of the event and an adverse impact on the town of Jaffrey.’’

The threat is being investigated by Jaffrey police, as well as other law enforcement agencies such as the New Hampshire attorney general’s office, New Hampshire State Police, and agents from the FBI, the statement said.

The fireworks show is held at the Silver Ranch Airpark.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@
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