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Seattle fireworks too scary for baby bald eagles

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A bald eagle juvenile is pictured on its nest at Heritage Park, Kirkland, Washington, on June 21, 2013. Two eaglets - believed to be six to eight weeks old - currently spend their days perched in a tall lakeside Douglas fir tree in the park.

Just because they're both emblems of American pride doesn't mean fireworks and bald eagles should share the same skyline.

The floating launch pad for next week's July Fourth fireworks display in suburban Seattle is being moved from its usual site to avoid frightening a pair of baby bald eagles nesting in a tree on the shore of Lake Washington, sponsors of the event said on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the local National Audubon Society chapter said the two eaglets, still too young to fly, might be so startled by the pyrotechnics that they would jump out of their nest and plunge to the ground, leaving them injured or vulnerable to predators. Read the full story.

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Spectators in Seattle's Gas Works Park watch fireworks light up the iconic Space Needle on Jan. 1, 2011.