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4th of July Fireworks Show 2012 Canceled at Lakewood Park

The show will not be rescheduled. Mayor Michael Summers: “I am personally embarrassed.”

Thousands of people crammed into left disappointed after the 4th of July fireworks show was canceled.

A computer board that operates the massive fireworks display is to blame for the cancelation of the show.

It will not be rescheduled.

Thousands of people  — many of them camped out at the park for hours — began a slow retreat to their homes when the lights came back on at around 10:30 p.m.

A few rounds went off at around 9:30 p.m., but that was it.

Mayor Mike Summers said he was “disappointed” and added that the show will not be rescheduled. 

“There was a major electronics issue, and we can’t be sure it won’t happen again tomorrow,” he said.

“We’re sorry. I am personally embarrassed. I feel bad for the citizens of Lakewood.” 

Summers said he didn’t have much information, but one fire official said that the computer board that operates the show went “bad.”

No word yet on whether the city will seek a refund from the company, Pennsylvania-based Pyrotecnico. 

“This is their third year, they’ve had two fabulous shows — but tonight, not so,” Summers said.

Charlene Hall July 06, 2012 at 04:15 AM
I have to wonder what exactly my extremely high taxes are paying for, I'm sure we funded the fireworks. We have cameras at red lights now, new street signs on Detroit, but we can't test the electronics before the show? I can't understand why they are not going to be rescheduled? Where is the money they are being refunded going to go to? Possibly lowering my huge water bill?
Colleen Rouse July 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Thanks also to the Lakewood police for cracking down on illegal fireworks. I'm sure the 2 families whose duplex burned to the ground wish the Cleveland police had been around to stop their neighbors from setting off fireworks: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/07/fireworks_may_have_caused_that.html. Personal fireworks are great if you live in a cornfield, not 10 feet from your neighbor.
Brandon Scullion July 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/articles/pyrotecnico-we-can-t-apologize-enough-for-canceled-fireworks
Dave Robar July 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Looking back, personally, I really enjoyed the Lakewood Project and spending time with my family. No TV's, no computers, no phones. Just hanging out, snacking and gabbing. That's better than fireworks anyway.
Barb Spargo July 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Why do you have this year old story in here at all? People will think it is from this year.

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