Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Sizzling Fourth.(Final)

Byline: Lloyd Jojola Journal Staff Writer

Estimated 80,000 show up to salute the holiday at Balloon Fiesta Park

A crowd estimated in the tens of thousands watched the glowing fireworks finale to the city's Fourth of July celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park on Friday amid windy conditions.

In fact, high surface winds delayed the show by about five or 10 minutes, said Capt. Martin Crespin of the Albuquerque Fire Marshal's office. The winds also canceled the event's planned balloon glow.

The National Weather Service reported winds gusting up to 35 mph.

Ed Adams, city engineer and one of the event organizers, estimated that by 8:30 p.m. …

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