NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Hosts setting off elaborate fireworks displays in some areas of the coastal United States enjoy a little-known benefit. Security is provided at no expense by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The maritime agency assigns boats and crews to enforce “safety zones” for some regattas, yacht club parties and even weddings just as it does for municipal fireworks displays.
For two of the of the busiest sectors, Long Island Sound and New York, documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests and interviews by The Associated Press show active-duty Coast Guard crews are involved in security for dozens of privately sponsored events annually. Hosts do not reimburse the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard says it is part of their mandate to protect the boating public, including those who might be drawn to others’ fireworks.
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