Official: Seaside Heights fireworks will proceed tonight after wave washed out yesterday

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    A day after a large wave washed out the Fourth of July fireworks show in Seaside Heights, a borough official says the show will go on tonight.

    Borough administrator Christopher Vaz confirmed late this morning that the fireworks display will be on the beach at 9:30 p.m. today. 

    Seaside Heights officials say a wave ran so far up the shore last night that it soaked all the fireworks set up on the beach.

    Officials say the fireworks were set up closer to the surf than usual this year in an effort to satisfy state regulations requiring spectators be kept a specific distance away from the fireworks.

    They say beach erosion caused by Superstorm Sandy has made fulfilling this requirement a challenge in recent years.

    Some residents and others took to social media to complain about the cancellation.

    “Every fireworks event after Sandy has been a challenge because of the consequences of beach erosion,” Vaz said. “Seaside Heights deeply regrets the inconvenience and disappointment.”

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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