Fourth of July celebration cancelled at UK’s largest USAF base

Fireworks celebration. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Concerns of lone wolf terrorist attacks are causing Fourth of July Celebration at a U.S. Air Force base in the United Kingdom to be cancelled. Thousands of military men and their families usually attend this event.

According to NBC News, ISIS representatives are encouraging supporters to “unleash a month of disaster” during the holy month of Ramadan. The military made no mention of any specific threat, but took the extra precaution to cancel the event as the tenth anniversary of the London transit bombing gets closer.

According to The Washington Times, RAF Lakenheath, home to the 48th Fighter Wing and organizer of the event, made the following statement through its social media accounts:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the 2015 4th of July Celebration, set to be held at RAF Feltwell, is cancelled. The decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our Airmen, their families and our U.K. partners and must make difficult decisions like this when lives are on the line. Both the main event on Saturday, July 4th, as well as the preview party scheduled for Friday, July 3rd, are cancelled.”

Courtesy of RAF Lakenheath Facebook Page.
Courtesy of RAF Lakenheath Facebook Page.
Courtesy of RAF Lakenheath Facebook Page.
Courtesy of RAF Lakenheath Facebook Page.

Vice Commander Col. David Eaglin cited safety as the reason for the cancellation. He apologized for the inconvenience to people that planned to attend the event.

There is no specific threat to the U.S. homeland, but the New York Police Department is heightening security and patrols after the lethal attacks last week in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. During the Fourth of July celebrations, “enhanced counterterrorism and security measures” will be taken, police said.

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