City Forgoes Fireworks Due to Past Incidents

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Communities all over Northeast Ohio will be hosting fireworks displays this week, but Shaker Heights won't be one of them.

The city said its fireworks show over the past three years caused a lot of trouble when crowds could not be controlled.

Some of the incidents included fights, small fireworks tossed into crowds, mobs in the streets, trampled lawns and harassed business owners.

In 2012 alone, nine teenagers were arrested, none of whom were from Shaker Heights.

The city attempted to enhance its security presence and had 98 officers at the 2012 event but it still wasn't enough.

"You realize you reach a point when you can't go on with this," Mayor Earl Leiken said.

The city has not ruled out the possibility of hosting fireworks in the future.

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(Fox 8's Stacey Frey contributed to this report.)

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