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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The last time Baltimore saw a Fourth of July fireworks celebration was in 2019. After a two-year hiatus, the show is coming bacK.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) said in previous years, as many as 7,000 people have enjoyed fireworks along the city’s main tourist attraction – the Inner Harbor.

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Activities downtown will start in the morning on Independence Day and then end with the fireworks. Boat tour operators say they are also seeing an increase in demand.

“We’re almost sold out both of our boats that we have going out. So yeah, it should be a good year after the break and fireworks,” said Ron McMahan of Watermark Tours.

With thousands of people expected at the Inner Harbor, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the department is on high alert.

On Memorial Day weekend, a teenager was shot and killed near the Inner Harbor and brazen crimes have been happening with police in close proximity.

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The police commissioner said there will be an “enhanced deployment strategy” across the city.

“We have a robust deployment strategy in downtown every night this weekend through the Fourth of July and we have a robust deployment strategy everywhere across the city – looking for people igniting fireworks – shooting guns in the air and we will be taking swift and strong action when we find those people doing that,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison.

City leaders are also reminding members of the public that fireworks are illegal in the city of Baltimore. Officials stress the potential dangers of using fireworks like serious injury or possible death. For that very reason, people are being urged to watch a professional show instead.

According to details from BOPA’s website, the Baltimore Orioles, the American Visionary Arts Museum and the National Aquarium in Baltimore will be participating in the festivities which will run from 4:00-10:00 p.m. Click here for a full schedule.

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Police ID Man Who Shot Himself Driving Into US Capitol Barricade, Potentially Set Car Fire

Police investigators have identified the suspect who shot himself after crashing his car into a US Capitol barricade before possibly setting his vehicle on fire early on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Delaware resident Richard A. York III, 29, has been identified as the suspect who drove his vehicle into the barricade shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning near the intersection of East Capitol Street and Second Street, according to US Capitol Police.

While York was getting out of the car, investigators noted that it became engulfed in flames, which reportedly were potentially set intentionally.

Police said that “it is still not clear why he chose to drive to the Capitol Complex.”

After crashing, it is alleged that York fired several shots into the air on East Capitol Street, drawing the attention of US Capitol Police officers, who responded to the area and were approaching him when he shot himself.

No other injuries were reported in the incident.

“At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons,” according to a police spokesperson. “(Their) investigators are looking into (York’s) background.”

DC’s Metropolitan Police Department is handling the death investigation.

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