Kearney fireworks show issues result of dud product

Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue took time Monday, July 15, at the aldermanic meeting to explain issues that resulted in intermittent delays and the display often being out of sync with music. He said a 6-inch shell exploded in its launch tube, resulting in damage to equipment. Both he and Alderman Dan Holt said they were glad no injuries resulted.

KEARNEY — After handfuls of people took to social media and informing the Courier-Tribune to complain about the city’s July 3 fireworks display, Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue took time Monday, July 15, at the aldermanic meeting to explain issues that resulted in intermittent delays and the display often being out of sync with music.

“A 6-inch shell exploded in its launch tube without launching and it caused major damage to equipment. Since the show was choreographed to music, it caused lengthy disruptions,” he said.

Pogue said since the issue was related to defective product and not the contractor, after city leaders and he discussed the issues with Geoff Knoll of Premier Pyrotechnics, who was contracted for the city’s display, the contractor provided the city a $4,842 credit, bringing the city’s cost of the show down to $20,061.

Pogue said he is glad no injuries no resulted from the mishap.

“Safety is our No. 1 concern,” the Kearney mayor said.

Alderman and Board President Dan Holt said he too was glad the city’s mishap didn’t lead to injury as a similar firework issue occurred in Webster Grove, Missouri, where 11 people were injured.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” he said. “... I’m very grateful no one was injured.”

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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