Town cancels Fourth of July festivities following threats

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On Monday, the city of Hamlet, N.C., announced the cancellation of its Fourth of July festivities following threats targeting the safety and security of its residents.

According to Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton, Tuesday’s planned events, including fireworks, were cancelled as a precaution, and would not be rescheduled.

“Due to heightened safety concerns and recent security developments that have been brought to the City’s attention, the City believes that this decision is in the best interest of the safety of our citizens and the community,” city officials said in a statement.

The Hamlet Police Department reported that threats to endanger the public were made recently in connection with the June 28 homicide in which a 20-year-old man was killed in a shooting at the Circle B convenience store.

There have been no arrests in the case thus far.

Although Blanton did not elaborate on the specifics of the threats targeting the festivities, he said that they were credible and under investigation by police.

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