Centerville, OHIO - The Americana Festival fireworks are re-scheduled for Friday night in Centerville after weather and a glitch in the program canceled the show on the 4 th.
"We thought the fireworks were going to go off and they shot up some test shells and everything went off ok, and all of sudden it was a computer glitch," said Executive Director of the Americana Festival Duke Lunsford.
That glitch was caused by the full day of rain the launch site got.
Rozzi Fireworks is the company in charge of putting on the show.
Employees tell 2 News, rain was the problem.
"Don't want any of this stuff to get wet, or moisture, because it's an electronic piece of equipment," said Bill Greene with Rozzi Fireworks.
He says you don't just light the fireworks with a match anymore, nowadays they're hooked to a computer, so it syncs up with the music selection, but when there's moisture in the equipment, it will not work properly.
He found that to be the case last night.
"If you have a comm..failure, a communication fail, then you've got a big problem because that means it's not communicating and if all of this is not communicating out here, you got a problem"
Greene says it is a rare issue to have, but they go to every length to make sure it doesn't happen twice.
"We're bringing in all new equipment out today," said Greene.
Lunsford said they always have a rain date built into their contract for these kinds of situations, but he does wish it would have turned out differently.
"We'd like to extend our total apologizes, but again Mother Nature is Mother Nature so we can't obviously control the weather," he said.
He hopes the crowd comes back out for round two Friday night.
"All the festivities are over, We just want to have the public come on back out again and share with us a little bit of a continuation of our July 4th celebration"
Gates at the Centerville High School Football Field open at 8:30 Friday for anyone who wants to see the re-scheduled fireworks show. The show is expected to start at ten.
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