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Chilly, Foggy July 4th Display

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The fabled San Francisco fog and the city’s Independence Day fireworks display competed for the skyline Sunday as thousands upon thousands of revelers shivered through the July 4th festivities.

The 30-minute display went off without a hitch for an appreciative, and more than occassionally underdressed, crowd along the waterfront.

Sweat shirt sales at Pier 39 were brisk, and those not willing to shell out shook just a little more vigorously to the band belting out 80s covers.

“Not my favorite kind of weather at all,” said Angelica, who left her Oakland home in shorts and flip flops, only to bundle up in a blanket waiting for the fireworks to start.

Spectators were laying inside sleeping bags rather than on them as the whir of rockets and the pop of sparklers soon gave way to massive traffic jams.

The city’s July 4th display was the capstone of Independence Day festivities around the Bay Area.

The annual Fourth of July party at the Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club in Novato came to an early close Sunday afternoon shortly after a metallic helium balloon took down some power lines near the clubhouse.

The power lines crashed down around 1:30 p.m., landing on a parked car. That vehicle quickly ignited and nearly 700 homes and businesses in the area lost power, according to spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric and the Novato Fire Department.

No one was injured, although the car was severely damaged and Bel Marin Keys Boulevard and Montego Key were closed for some time.

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