Technical difficulties plague Newcastle Fourth of July celebration

July 5, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 5, 2013

Revelers gathered for an evening of fun, music and fireworks at the city of Newcastle’s Fourth of July celebration Thursday, but many left with disappointment at what appeared to be a lackluster firework show.

Just five minutes after the fireworks began in what was expected to be a 12-minute display, the fireworks contractor experienced technical difficulties, according to an email from the city.

“The city of Newcastle sincerely apologizes for the brevity of the fireworks display at the Fourth at the Lake Celebration,” city clerk Sara McMillon wrote in an email.

All of the fireworks were charged, but most did not ignite, the email explained. Because they were charged, they presented a threat to safety and had to be let off as soon as possible.

The remaining fireworks finally ignited at about 11:30 p.m.

“The city is looking into all of the details of what caused the incident,” McMillon wrote. “We greatly apologize for the disappointment this caused.”

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