Static electricity sets off fireworks; one injured

Fireworks over Guam (PNC file photo)

The show will go on. GFD gave the all-clear for the fireworks to go on at 9 pm Friday evening.

Guam – Early Friday morning, fireworks intended to close out the 73rd Liberation Parade were set off accidentally, taking many Liberation campers by surprise.

It was just after 5 Friday morning when a series of loud explosions and bright lights lit up the sky. Guam Fire Department Spokesman Kevin Reilly says one person suffered minor injuries.

“It was a result of an accidental ignition, as some of the fireworks went off. So there was a premature show at 5 am,” said Show Pro Pyrotechnics owner Jeff Sanchez.

He says that it may have been caused by static electricity, setting off a chain reaction and igniting about 30 percent of the fireworks intended for the 73rd Liberation Day fireworks display.

Sanchez said that a lot of the controllers or remote that control the firework display were compromised and debris from the incident had to be cleared.

While it was unclear whether or not the fireworks show would continue, Sanchez says the Guam Fire Department is allowing the show to go on.

Fireworks show is scheduled for 9 pm.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.