Chalk it up to another casualty of Hurricane Sandy — three years later.
A New Jersey beach town canceled its July 4 fireworks after a rogue wave splashed into the launch site.
Officials in Seaside Heights, New Jersey said in a Facebookpost that under state regulations,they had to keep the launch site at least 120 feet away from the spectators who gathered on the boardwalk to watch the Independence Day display.
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Unfortunately, the tides were higher and rougher than anticipated. Awave made it to within 110 feet of the boardwalk, officials said.
"Wet fireworks = no fireworks," they wrote.
Officials noted that the beach has been significantly shorter sinceHurricane Sandy in 2012, and setting up fireworks had been a challenge since then.
Several Facebook commentersurged the town to consider launching fireworks from a barge.
"We drove all the way from York, PA today to watch the fireworks at Seaside Heights, only to get disappointed that they got canceled," Charles R. Sweitzer posted on Facebook."What a waste of a 3 hour trip. Never again will I visit Seaside Heights, I will go back to vacationing in Ocean City, MD."
The New Jersey beach town is a popular destination for Philadelphia residents. Damage to the town in Sandy produced iconic photographs of a rollercoaster that had fallen into the sea.In addition to being battered by Sandy, the town was the scene of a major boardwalk fire in 2013.