NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fireworks returned to New Orleans on Independence Day thanks to actor Will Smith.Will Smith pulls production of new film from Georgia over voting restrictions
City officials said Smith picked up the roughly $100,000 tab for the pyrotechnics over the Mississippi River after learning New Orleans didn’t plan a 2021 show.
New Orleans canceled last year’s fireworks because of COVID-19.
Smith is in New Orleans working on his latest film “Emancipation,” which will tell the story of a slave who escaped a Louisiana plantation and whose photo of scars on his back from being whipped exposed the brutality of slavery. He would also fight for the Union in the Civil War.