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President Trump announces 4th of July fireworks at Mount Rushmore

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SOUTH DAKOTA (CNN) -- President Trump announced there will be Independence Day fireworks at Mount Rushmore this year.

The fireworks were discontinued in 2009 when a pine beetle infestation killed thousands of trees in the Black Hills which created a fire hazard.

During a signing ceremony for the U.S.-China trade deal in Washington Wednesday, Trump brushed aside those concerns saying it was easy to secure this year's show at the South Dakota monument.

"I said 'you mean you can't have fireworks because of the environment?' 'Yeah, environmental reasons.' I said, 'What can burn? It's stone. You know, it's stone.' So nobody knew why they just said 'environmental reasons.' So I called up our people and within about 15 minutes we got it approved and you're going to have your first big fireworks display at Mount Rushmore, and I'll try and get out there if I can," said President Trump

Last May, South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem initially announced fireworks would be returning to Mount Rushmore beginning with the 2020 Independence Day Celebration. Now it's official.

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