“On Sunday, June 28, 2015 at approximately 10:00 pm, an accident occurred during a fireworks display at the Crocker Park Liberty Festival injuring a number of spectators. A rare product malfunction occurred causing the fireworks to misfire. Emergency services personnel promptly responded to the incident and all spectators were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
“American Fireworks Company deeply regrets that people were injured during the Crocker Park Liberty Festival and we are extremely appreciative of the fast response time and professional services provided by the Westlake Fire Department and Paramedics.
“We are currently working with the Ohio State Fire Marshall, the Westlake Fire Department, and Crocker Park to thoroughly assess what happened to ensure that it does not happen again.
“American Fireworks Co. employs a highly qualified staff that is trained on a regular basis. Safety is always our #1 priority and has been since our founding in 1902. Our safety record in that time has been one of the highest rated in the industry. The issue during this incident appears to have resulted from a malfunction related to the manufacturing of the product. We have taken immediate steps to remove this product from our inventory and all future displays. We are deeply sorry to those who were affected during the incident and we will continue to work with the proper parties to resolve the issue at hand.”