02:50 GMT24 July 2021
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    Sometimes you just can't wait for a celebration to begin, but nothing is more important than good timing. In the case of a Maryland fireworks show, it did not go particularly well.

    A July 4th fireworks show in Maryland's Ocean City was cancelled due to an accidental unplanned explosion of the celebratory ordnance that took place earlier, scaring locals gathering on a beach.

    "Due to an abundance of caution, all firework shows in Ocean City have been canceled", the Ocean City Fire Department said in a statement, noting that the cause of the fireworks discharging hours ahead of schedule remains unknown.

    The fireworks exploded prematurely during set-up of the display, but no one was injured as a result of the premature show. Many people, however, were scared, with videos filmed on-site showed crowds watching the out-of-the-blue fireworks blast, and some running away.

    According to officials, the explosion scene was cordoned off, along with areas of the boardwalk, pending the completion of safety inspections.

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