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Detroit fireworks in jeopardy over city budget battle

A budget flap between the mayor and the city council is threatening to smother the fireworks festival at Detroit's Fourth of July festivities.

The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's veto of the municipal budget. Kilpatrick had threatened such an override would prompt him to cancel the city's annual fireworks extravaganza. Both sides, however, met shortly afterward to seek a compromise.

Last week, Kilpatrick vetoed the council's proposed budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year, saying it would jeopardize public safety by laying off hundreds of police and firefighters.

On Friday Kilpatrick threatened to cancel the festival fireworks, saying he feared police officers whose layoffs would take effect two days later would not report for duty. The event draws tens of thousands of people to downtown Detroit and neighboring Windsor, Ontario.

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