Toledo fireworks display is back on

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:14 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A fireworks display for the Glass City is back on after Toledo City Council passed two measures on Tuesday to allow it to move forward.

The fireworks display is set for July 2.

The ordinances provide the funding to pay for the fireworks and another ends the bidding process for fireworks suppliers. The city administration said it was able to track down a new vendor. Council approved a $30,000 expenditure for it with another $30,000 raised privately.

“It was never a question of desire, never a question of funding, never a question of health restrictions,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We always wanted to have 4th of July fireworks, but our vendor told us that delays in the supply chain would not allow him to put on a show. So, basically, we went out and found a new vendor, and I couldn’t be happier that we are now going to have a proper celebration in downtown Toledo on 4th of July weekend.”

City administrators said the supplier Toledo normally uses had an influx of requests and wouldn’t be able to provide the fireworks in time for a July 4 display. After more research, the city was able to connect with American Fireworks that had the inventory.

Last week the city announced the fireworks show would be canceled, citing a supply chain issue. A city spokesperson said fireworks suppliers told the administration it couldn’t be done and it was not a budget issue.

“We do not believe any city is having large-scale fireworks this year, because COVID-19 has interrupted the supply chain making it impossible for a large display to take place,” said Ignazio Messina, a spokesperson for the City of Toledo.

As of Monday, Toledo was the only Northwest Ohio community to officially announce it was canceling the annual fireworks. Sylvania, Maumee/Perrysburg, Woodville, and Springfield Township are all planning a fireworks show.

Miller Fireworks in Holland told 13abc there is less product available than years past and getting fireworks to the United States has increased prices. The shop said it planned ahead with providers from China, giving them what they need for the season.

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