Shortened Saginaw fireworks show attributed to severed cable - WNEM TV 5

Shortened Saginaw fireworks show attributed to severed cable

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Bill Giorgis was like a lot of surprised on-lookers celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. As they enjoyed the fireworks show, all the booms and bangs came to a surprising stop. 

"We were just very disappointed,” Giorgis said. “When the music continued to play and the fireworks stopped it kind of happened in stages. All the big fireworks, the high ones weren't there. And as that happened we were like something is seriously wrong."

Turns out a bad shell exploded just after takeoff. The explosion severed a cable connected to the firing system responsible for launching the rest of the fireworks. 

"We're sad that it didn't go but we're elated that no one was hurt,” Giorgis said. “I mean it could've been disastrous and we didn't have that."

No one from wolverine display was available to go on camera today. But spokesman, Joshua Carter, for the company had plenty to say over the phone about Saturday night's mishap.

"Anything that didn't go in the show will be refunded back to the Saginaw Area Fireworks Committee," Carter said.

Carter tells us his business does shows throughout mid-Michigan, including displays in Flint, Bay City, and Midland. He says no one feels worse than he does for the short show in Saginaw.

"We apologize. It's something that wasn't a human error. It's just an incident that occurred, an unfortunate one at that. And we hope to have the opportunity to redeem ourselves next year," Carter said.

Giorgis has confidence in Wolverine. He's already thinking ahead to July 4, 2016.

"First year when we worked with Wolverine they were outstanding,” Giorgis said. “And I have no reason to believe that they're going to treat us very fairly and want to come back next year."

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