July 5, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach has been notified by the private company hired for the “4th on Flagler” fireworks display that the company may have some of the fireworks intended to be used during the show unaccounted for.
According to show producer Christopher Liberatore with the Fort Lauderdale-based company Pyrotecnico, Pyrotecnico “had a shell detonate inside one of the mortars [on the barge.] This means the shell did not lift out of the tube like it was supposed to before delivering its payload.”
As a result, the city has been told by Pyrotecnico that there could be other unused mortars that may have fallen off the Pyrotecnico barge and into the Intracoastal waterway.
One of the mortars was found earlier today washed up on shore on the 5800 block of N. Flagler Drive and safely removed.
Below is a photo of the Pyrotecnico mortar located earlier. If any member of the public locates similar mortars, they are to do the following:
1) Call 9-1-1 immediately.
2) Do not touch it or move it.
3) Stay at least 300 feet away from it.
According to Pyrotecnico, these mortars have what is called a “quick fuse” which means there is little to no delay between ignition and detonation. They are to be considered dangerous if found.