updated 7/5/2006 4:59:32 PM ET 2006-07-05T20:59:32

Independence Day didn’t have its usual bang in this North Carolina town this year after someone stole about 250 pounds of fireworks.

"It's kind of disheartening that someone would do that, and they did it at the last minute, so we couldn't get any to replace them," said Garland Norton, mayor of the town of about 1,000 people. "So we had to cancel it."

The $3,000 worth of fireworks were stolen Monday from the Wastewater Treatment Plant, where they were held in an overseas-type metal shipping container.

"All they left was what we would use for the grand finale — about a minute's worth of fireworks," Norton said Tuesday evening. "They knew what they were doing. They got the better stuff."

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