VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Fireworks were canceled Saturday for the 40th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.
According to festival organizers, the decision was made by the City of Virginia Beach Fire Marshal due to wind concerns. The wind was a concern because of the possibility of property damage from flying firework debris.
The strong winds didn't stop thousands of people from heading to the Oceanfront Saturday.
Organizers bring in more than 450 tons of sand for the sand sculpting competition, which brings artists from all over the world to the beach.
Organizers said the remainder of the festival including music, food, exhibits, and sand sculpture viewing stayed open until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Neptune Festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The fireworks will not be rescheduled.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the attack of a shopper was the cause of a heavy police presence at the Ross department store at Military Circle in Norfolk Wednesday night.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
Hampton Fire units arrived at the scene of a residential fire in the 3800 block of Shell Road just after 6 p.m.
A police standoff at a Newport News home turned deadly Wednesday evening.