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Jul 10, 2018 1:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk Chamber Of Commerce Issues Statement On Faulty Fourth Of July Fireworks

Jul 10, 2018 2:32 PM

An apparent fireworks malfunction led to a shortened version of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

In a statement issued on Monday, the chamber cited Philip Grucci, chief executive of Fireworks by Grucci, located in Bellport, and producer of the fireworks show on the holiday, who said that “an aerial shell malfunctioned during the show.”

According to the statement attributed to Mr. Grucci, the malfunction caused the firework to explode lower than it was supposed to—and near the fireworks electrical firing system, causing it to burn and destroy “an electrical component” of the system.

“Our team worked feverishly,” Mr. Grucci said in a letter to the chamber. “They were unable to fully correct the problem during the performance.”

“We regret that our audience received a less than spectacular show and feel it is important for our visitors and members to know exactly what happened,” Laraine Creegan, executive director of the chamber, said in the statement. “We thank everyone for their support and understanding, and we look forward to producing a flawless show for all to enjoy next year.”

Paul Monte, president of the chamber, said on Tuesday that there were no injuries or serious damage other than to the Grucci equipment from the faulty fireworks. Local police and fire departments were not needed for assistance.

He added that the chamber is still in talks with Fireworks by Grucci to “understand” what needs to be done next and whether the chamber will be reimbursed for the cost of the display.

“We just wanted to let the public know that there was a malfunction with the fireworks and this was not meant to be a change to the show,” Mr. Monte said.

The celebration last week was the 21st annual event sponsored by the chamber, with this being the 13th year of Fireworks by Grucci, and the first malfunction they’ve had in Montauk.

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