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Host: Scott LaMar

Fireworks and Independence Day

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 3, 2018 4:51 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 3, 2018:

As you are well aware, Wednesday is the Fourth of July -- Independence Day -- or the day most people point to as the birth of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence that declared the 13 colonies independent from Great Britain was announced on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia -- even though it was agreed to two days earlier. 

A young Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence -- a document that many historians hail as significant as the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, we discuss Jefferson and writing the Declaration with Professor Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, a historian from Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Professor Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy/Photo: Monticello

There will be a lot of celebrating Wednesday with picnics, swimming, family get-togethers and, of course, fireworks.  Pennsylvania has a new law for this Fourth of July.  Some fireworks that weren't legal in the state before are now.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk to describe what's different is Bill Leidy, Store Manager of Gettysburg Keystone Fireworks.

With any discussion of fireworks should come some caution and talk of safety.  Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline joins us to discuss why we need to be even more cautious this year.

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Brian Enterline

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