WG Community Days - Fireworks 2

| photo by Ursula Ruhl

The city of Webster Groves announced Friday afternoon, July 5, that a second night of fireworks, scheduled for Saturday, July 6, has been cancelled.

The cancellation comes on the heels of the July 4 show that was cut short after fireworks malfunctioned, causing minor injuries to several spectators.

The city reports that a horizontal shell traveled toward the safety fencing and exploded, sending fragments and sparks over the fence and into the crowd. Eleven people were treated and released from the scene by Webster Groves EMS personnel. 

"Our primary focus is always the safety and welfare of the individuals that choose to attend our programs and activities," the city said in the statement. "We are committed to a full, complete and transparent review of everything that occurred on July 4. We must determine that every possible safety measure for this venue be reviewed and implemented to assure the safety of our spectators."

At about the same time that the city cancelled its second night of fireworks, J&M Displays, Inc., the company that handled the July 4 fireworks show in Webster Groves, released a statement.

The statement, from J&M Displays CEO James Oetken, reads:

“J&M Displays, Inc. was presenting a fireworks display in the town of Webster Groves, Mo., on July 4th when a 3-inch shell malfunctioned causing another shell to fire close to the crowd. Spectators affected were treated at the scene with minor injuries and released. Following standard safety protocol, J&M Displays ceased firing the rest of the show.

“The source of the shell malfunction is being investigated.”

A spokesperson for J&M said the company would have no further comment beyond the written statement.