Yesterday, we celebrated our 11th annual American Liberty Fest. Thousands of people enjoyed a day of free family entertainment, a special tribute presentation to a local veteran and a spectacular performance from the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Due to an apparent malfunction of the pyrotechnics system, which was installed and operated by fireworks vendor American Fireworks of Hudson, Ohio, the fireworks portion of the show was cut short. The incident, which is currently under investigation by the Westlake Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal and American Fireworks, was quickly contained with no serious injuries or property damage reported.
“We are working closely with authorities and American Fireworks in a thorough investigation to fully understand what happened and how,” said Ezra Stark, chief operating officer, Stark Enterprises. “The safety and enjoyment of our guests, residents and tenants is always our top priority and we are thankful that the swift action taken by all parties involved helped to contain the situation in such an orderly manner. We pride ourselves on having created more than a decade’s worth of fun, family-friendly events and look forward to continuing that tradition.”
Earlier today, Westlake Police issued the following release: ‘Tonight during the fireworks display at Crocker Park there was a catastrophic failure of one of the display boxes. The exhibitor immediately shut down the display. The W.F.D. treated 9 people at the scene for minor injuries. No one was taken to the hospital. The event will be investigated by the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office. More information to follow.”